A candy store in Durham has had its complete inventory of confectionery seized by police amid fears it may very well be “contaminated by harmful medication”.

Officers and sniffer canines from Stanley Neighbourhood Policing Workforce raided The Comfort Retailer in South Moor on Friday afternoon following a tip-off from a member of the general public.

Durham Constabulary confirmed that a amount of white powder – suspected to be amphetamine – was seized through the operation, and jars and packing containers of sweets had been faraway from the Park Highway store as a precaution.

Images launched by police present officers finishing up the massive containers and placing them into the boot of a police automobile.

Sergeant Dave Clarke of Stanley Police, who led the operation, mentioned: “This can be a store which bought sweets to kids.

“Households with kids had been common clients on the premises, which is correct within the coronary heart of the village and straight reverse a nursery.

“We have now confiscated the contents of the store as a result of we couldn’t take the danger that a few of these unfastened sweets would possibly change into contaminated with a doubtlessly harmful substance.”

Police arrested a 50-year-old girls on suspicion of possession with intent and a 56-year-old man was additionally taken in for questioning for questioning.

A second property in Stanley was additionally searched the place officers discovered a amount of hashish, together with drug gear and money.

The objects seized at the moment are being examined and an investigation has been launched.

“Immediately’s operation exhibits that when the area people offers us details about the availability of medicine, then we are going to take decisive motion,” mentioned Sergeant Clarke.

“Hopefully, right this moment’s operation may even have left native drug sellers with a bitter style of their mouths.”

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