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Metal detectorists taken ill eating 'cannabis cakes' in High Melton

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Image caption Baked goods which are cannabis-infused are sometimes called "space cakes"

A group of metal detectorists were taken to hospital after unknowingly eating cakes apparently spiked with cannabis in a village called High Melton near Doncaster.

Thirteen men and women fell ill at Coil To The Soil's rally on Saturday.

A detectorist spokesman said: "People could have died. It was lucky that no children or people on medication with serious health problems ate the cake."

A 48-year-old woman from County Durham has been arrested and bailed.

Julian Evan-Hart, editor of Treasure Hunting Magazine, said it was a "dreadful incident" but he did not believe it was malevolent.

'Random lunacy'

"I think it was an irresponsible, poorly thought-through joke," he said.

"This isn't a poor reflection on our hobby, the dig organisers or anyone else involved the planning of the event. It's just a case of random lunacy."

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Image caption More than a dozen people at the detectorist event were said to have "ingested" the substance

A large fleet of medical staff were called to the scene, including eight ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two doctors, two clinical supervisors and a Hazardous Area Response Team.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said two people were treated on the spot.

It said: "Yorkshire Ambulance Service received an emergency call just before 18:30 BST on Saturday to reports of a number of people feeling unwell at a national metal detecting event...

"They had become unwell after ingesting an unknown substance."

Mr Evan-Hart said the cakes were homemade, and had not been sold.

Police said the 13 people admitted to hospital, who came from various places across the country, were later discharged.

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Image caption The class B drug was inadvertently ingested in High Melton

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