Police in Rochdale have issued a warning to parents and carers over packages which appear to be sweets but in fact contain cannabis.

GMP Rochdale's Town Centre, Milkstone and Deeplish Team issued the warning on Facebook.

The post said of the packets: "This could have serious consequences for any young person or child who may consume these. Please keep an eye out over Halloween to see what your children are consuming."

One respondent to the police post said: "These packets all over Rochdale lol. I’ve seen them before. Not just that kind of sweet all different ones with various different packaging."

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Another said: "Anyone giving these to my grandchildren will get the police knocking on their door."

A month ago, a 31-year-old man was given a community order at Bolton Crown Court after he carelessly left sweets laced cannabis in what looked like a Haribo packet with an image of teddy bears on it for his toddler daughter to find and eat.

She was rushed to hospital but was later released with a clean bill of health.

The father was ordered to carry out 75 hours of unpaid work by the judge.

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