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If you stumbled across a mysterious, unattended suitcase packed with bags of unlabelled white powder on a shuttle train at an airport, you would most likely call police. You would then presumably wait by the bag, pumping with adrenaline, perhaps even expecting some kind of recognition from the force for enabling one of the largest drug seizures in recent times.
Cleaners at Gatwick Airport did just this on Wednesday - phoned the police that is (I have no idea if they dreamed of commendations as they did so).
Authorities subsequently made their way to the airport and grabbed the suspicious suitcase. However, after conducting tests, it has been confirmed the cleaners won't be getting any awards - as the suspected illegal substances actually turned out to be nothing more than vegan cake mix.
@BTPSussex huge drugs bust at Gatwick airport. In collaboration with @ukhomeoffice powders tested and discovered to be vegan cake ingredients. Please label your foods and bring samples of cakes next time you visit. #cakefine pic.twitter.com/tmyuOI5rLw
- BTP Sussex (@BTPSussex) August 28, 2019
Despite clearly having egg on their face (or some kind of egg substitute anyway), British Transport Police were able to poke fun at the misunderstanding in a tweet in which they called for people to label their food when transporting it.
The tweet read: "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 transpired the goods belonged to Purezza, a vegan restaurant in Brighton, East Sussex, who replied to the police with an offer of appeasement cake.
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."
Indeed, the police confirmed no action was taken against the restaurant - though it would seem harsh to arrest someone for labelling ingredients badly.
A spokesperson said: "We received a report at 1.34pm (on Wednesday). Cleaners found a bag contained many bags 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 were no concerns."
If only the bags identified as vegan as openly as vegans do.
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