Four schoolchildren were taken to hospital after they allegedly mistook cocaine for sherbet.

Police were called to Broadstone Middle School in Dorset after reports some of the pupils had taken a white powder, mistakenly thinking it was sweets, on January 3.

Four students were taken to hospital where they were checked by medical staff before being released.



A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “The children believed the substance was sweets, but it has been established it was cocaine.

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“While it was not believed any of the children ingested the powder, they were taken to hospital to be checked over.”

A 32-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of drug offences and is currently on police bail until the middle of February pending further inquiries.