Four children rushed to hospital after eating sweets ‘laced with cannabis’

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Four children have been taken to hospital after eating jelly sweets which they believed contained cannabis, police say.

A girl and boy, both aged 12, and a 13-year-old suffered "a violent reaction from eating jelly sweets that they believed contained cannabis”, according to Surrey Police.

A fourth 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital by his family as a precaution because he is also believed to have eaten the sweets.

Detectives are warning youngsters in Epsom, Surrey to stay away from the edibles as they are "obviously causing substantial harm".

The force said it was called by the South East Coast Ambulance service to a parade of shops in Epsom at 2.15pm on Saturday (May 1).

Three children had been found vomiting uncontrollably and falling in and out of consciousness.

They were taken to hospital by ambulance and all four children will remain in hospital overnight for observation.

There is a suggestion that the sweets may have been supplied to the children at the nearby Court Recreation Ground.

Police do not have a clear description of the sweets involved.

But a similar report from Friday (April 29) night involved "jelly apple rings" which appear as green jelly circles.

The force said the individual involved in that incident was less affected.

Detective Sergeant Lee Marks, of Surrey Police, said: "We are, of course, trying to understand what these sweets are, where they came from and what they contain.

"However, our immediate priority is to warn parents; and to tell children in the area not to be tempted to try them as they are obviously causing substantial harm.

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"These types of products, which may be marketed as 'cannabis infused' or 'CBD infused' are illegal, and therefore unregulated, in the UK.

"They can appear to be commercial products with professional packaging, but this should not be taken as a sign that they are safe or legal."

Police said anyone concerned about the health of someone they think may have taken the same products should call the NHS 111 phone line.

Anyone with information about the supply of the sweets, or who has found similar sweets or related packaging in the nearby area, is also being asked not to destroy them and to contact police.

  • Cannabis
  • Drugs
  • Police

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