'Cannabis' smell at Ely primary school traced to wild flower

Phlox Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption Phlox gives off an aroma similar to cannabis plants

Police called to investigate a strong smell of "cannabis" at a primary school have traced it to a wild flower.

Rackham Primary in Ely in Cambridgeshire called police after teachers and parents noticed the aroma wafting across the car park.

It was identified as coming from a wild flower called Phlox growing nearby which has an "almost identical smell".

"We can happily reassure the community there isn't cannabis production going on in that area," police said.

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A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "Although the plant looks entirely different to cannabis in appearance (quite a pretty little flower) - it would certainly give a 'false positive' to the most sensitive of noses!"

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