Strong cannabis smell wafting around primary school found to be wild flowers

A strong cannabis smell wafting through a primary school was discovered by police to be a wild flower.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to a primary school after parents and teachers noticed the pungent aroma in the car park.

They found the smell at Rackham Primary School in Ely, Cambs, on Wednesday, was coming from a wild flower, the phlox, which has an ‘almost identical smell’.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We can happily reassure the community there isn’t cannabis production going on in that area.

“Although the plant looks entirely different to cannabis in appearance – it would certainly give a false positive to the most sensitive of noses.

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