Cocaine instead of lollies in trick or treat bags

A British man who mistakenly gave bags of drugs instead of sweets to a police officer's children at Halloween has been ordered to carry out community service.

A court in Manchester heard that an apprentice panel beater, Donald Junior Green, fished in his pockets for a bag of lollies to give to the youngsters but instead dropped bags of cocaine he had bought earlier into their goodie bags.

The children, aged eight, six and five, were out trick or treating with their father, a policeman, AFP reports.

He realised the mistake when the children emptied their bags at home.

The 23-year-old accused, who had never been in trouble with police before, admitted a single charge of possessing a Class A drug.

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