Baking bad! ‘Huge drugs bust’ at Gatwick Airport turns out to be bags of VEGAN CAKE ingredients as police tell passengers to bring samples of sweet treats in future
- British Transport Police told of large drugs stash at Gatwick Airport yesterday
- Cleaners had found bags of powder in a train at the airport at around 1.34pm
- After testing it was found the substance was actually for use in vegan cakes
A ‘huge drugs bust’ at the UK’s second busiest airport left police bemused – after the powder they were investigating turned out to be vegan cake ingredients.
British Transport Police were told of a large quantity of drugs at Gatwick Airport at around 1.34pm yesterday, after cleaners found bags of powder in the first class compartment of a train.
Officers, in collaboration with the Home Office, immediately confiscated the powder – that was wrapped in clear blue bags – and began tests on the substance to determine whether it was drugs.
British Transport Police, in collaboration with the Home Office, investigated the bags of powder reported to them by cleaners working at Gatwick Airport
The bags were found in a first class train compartment at the airport (pictured) and immediately sent for testing. The powder turned out to be vegan cake ingredients
But they were left surprised to find the powder was in actual fact vegan cake ingredients that were being transported in a large cabin bag.
Tweeting about the incident, the British Transport Police issued a warning to those travelling with similar items, saying: ‘Huge drugs bust at Gatwick airport.
‘In collaboration with the Home Office powders tested and discovered to be vegan cake ingredients.
‘Please label your foods and bring samples of cakes next time you visit.’
It added that the items had been found by cleaning staff working at the airport, saying: ‘We received a report at 1.34pm.
‘Cleaners found a bag containing many bags [of what appeared to be drugs] in the first class compartment of a train.
‘Obviously it was tested and found to be exactly what it says in the tweet. We spoke with the owner and there was no concerns.’
Tweeting about the incident, the British Transport Police issued a warning to those travelling with similar items, saying: ‘Please label your foods and bring samples of cake next time you visit’
The force added that 25 bags of powder had been found, and that following tests they were determined to be cake ingredients for a vegan bakery.
A spokesman said: ‘They were soon reunited with the owner, who has promised officers and staff a slice of cake in return.’
The bags of baking powders belonged to Purezza, a trendy vegan restaurant in Brighton, East Sussex, who tweeted a response to the police.
They said: ‘So, we had quite an eventful time transporting some of our ingredients today.
‘Thanks for going easy on us guys. A slab of cake all round is in order when you’re next in Brighton.’
To which BTP responded: ‘And your secret recipe is safe with us.’
Others also commented on the post, including Julie Rainey, who said: ‘Officially my favourite tweet of the day! #GreatBTPBakeOff’.
And another joked: ‘Getting baked, am I right?’
The Home Office has been approached for comment.