Police have confirmed a boy aged six found suspected drugs stashed inside a chocolate egg in Limavady.
The boy was playing with his eight-year-old brother when he found the egg, underneath a hedge on the Edenmore Road on Friday afternoon.
The children opened it and discovered a bag of white powder - suspected methamphetamine - and then gave it to their father.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “A small bag of white powder was handed to police on Sunday, 29 May by a member of the public after a young boy found it in the Drumachose area of Limavady.”
Inspector Colin Shaw said: “The contents of the bag, which was found inside a toy egg, is believed to be methamphetamine. This small quantity of drugs will be disposed of by police.
Inspector Shaw continued: “This incident is of the uppermost concern for all of us. Tackling the use and supply of illegal drugs is a priority for us and the possibility that something so potentially dangerous has been discarded where children could find it is deeply concerning.
“I don’t want members of the local community to find drugs on their street, however this incident just reminds us that criminals have no regard whatsoever for the safety of local residents, and I am thankful that this child had the sense to speak to an adult about what he discovered.”
DUP councillor Alan Robinson commended the children for passing the contents to their parents and said: “By the grace of God the item was passed to the children’s father who alerted the police.
“This weekend the Limavady community could have been learning about a tragedy and I, therefore, make a community appeal asking for vigilance. Our children are precious and they should not be exposed to such danger.”
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