Police say four children who were taken to hospital after eating sweets they said contained cannabis did not experience long-term effects.
But Surrey police said the young people were “lucky” not to have been more seriously affected by everything they ate, and the source of the candy was still under investigation.
The force was called to a parade of shops on Pound Lane, Epsom, at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, where three children were vomiting uncontrollably and falling in and out of consciousness.
A 12-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were taken to hospital after suffering “a violent reaction after eating jelly beans which they believed to contain cannabis”.
Another 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital by his family as a precaution because he also allegedly ate the candy.
But police said one of the 12-year-old boys was released late on Saturday and the other three children were due to be discharged from the hospital on Sunday.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Betchley said: “These kids were incredibly lucky not to be more seriously affected by what they ate – and that was in large part thanks to the swift actions of two medical students who were in nearby and assisted in the early stages, as well as the South East Coast ambulance service and hospital staff for their prompt response and treatment.
“We are still trying to find out where the kids got these candies from, and are always keen on any information that might help us identify the specific source of the candy in this case.
“I would also ask anyone who owns these types of products to think about how they store them and who could access them – think about the impact if these candies came into the possession of young children who have no knowledge of their contents.
It is believed that the sweets may have been provided to the children at the nearby Court Recreation Ground.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 16:02:00