POLICE are carrying out an investigation into 'illegal sweets' after a pupil became seriously ill and had to be rushed to hospital yesterday (May 22).

A school student became sick after consuming a sweet found to have contained illegal drugs, a council has said.

Berkshire Council officials sent out a 'dangerous substance alert' after a child got seriously sick as a result of eating a sweet bought from another student for £5.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "We are aware of this incident and awaiting drug analysis results to identify the substances involved.

“The results of this report will determine what offences have been committed.

“Thames Valley Police is conducting a full investigation into this incident.”

Neighbouring Authorities have been warned of the illegal substance which are being found in the sweets.

It is not yet clear as to which school has been affected by the illegal drug.

The substances are described as being brown and green in colour, are 1.5cm by 1cm in size and are believed to contain cannabis and/or spice.

West Berkshire Council said: "We have no information about the drug contained in the sweets.

"This is probably an isolated incident, however please be vigilant and watch out for any unusual activity or behaviour."

The News have contacted the council for further comment.