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Police are warning parents to check their kids' Halloween sweets this weekend, after forces in Greater Manchester found sweets laced with cannabis that look remarkably similar to sweets aimed at children.
On first glance, the colourful packets look a lot like regular sweets, but could have 'serious consequences' if consumed by children.
Writing on Facebook, GMP Rochdale said: "FAO Parents and carers. The #towncentremilkstonedeeplish Team have been out on patrol today and have come across these packages which at first appear to be sweets aimed at young people, however upon closer inspection we found that they contain cannabis.
"This could have serious consequences on any young person or child who may consume these. Please keep an eye out over Halloween to see what your children are consuming."
Locals were quick to comment on the post, with some worrying the sweets actually contained spice, a drug that can cause extremely dangerous side effects.
Earlier this year, police issued a warning over sweets laced with cannabis when four children were rushed to hospital after eating jelly sweets believed to contain the drug.
Emergency services were called when three of the children - aged between 12 and 13 - were "vomiting uncontrollably and falling in and out of consciousness" outside shops in Epsom.
At the time, 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.
"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."
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