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Drug cops sent girl home with 'speed' wrap.

POLICE apologised yesterday after it was revealed that an officer holding an anti-drugs lesson sent a 10-year-old girl home with a wrap of amphetamine in her schoolbag.

The bungling officer was holding a demonstration for schoolchildren at the Butlins Holiday Centre at Ingoldmells, near Skegness, on Wednesday afternoon, showing how easily sniffer dogs can locate hidden drugs.

But the highly-trained spaniels failed to locate two packs of the drug, known as speed, hidden for the exercise in one youngster's satchel.

Unwitting Kia Butterfield, a pupil at Wainfleet Magdalen primary school in Wainfleet St Mary, Lincolnshire, took the class B drug home at the end of the day and showed her horrified parents.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: "What happened shouldn't have happened."

Police confirmed that as part of the exercise a number of packages of amphetamine sulphate were stashed around the room and in pupils' belongings.

An investigation has already been carried out to find how the drugs were missed by the dogs and why Kia and her classmates were allowed home without having their bags checked
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Date:Nov 12, 2005
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