School dinner lady baked cannabis cookies and gave them to children in a pub

Lesley Collins fed the homemade 'space cakes' to four children aged 12 and 13

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A school dinner lady baked cannabis biscuits and gave them to children in a pub. 

Lesley Collins fed the homemade “space cakes” to four children aged 12 and 13 in Grimsby. 

The 61-year-old apparently told the children she was a grandmother, as she handed them biscuits from a knitted bag. 

She reportedly to the girls “I’m your nanna” as they went to use the toilet at the Corporation Arms in the Lincolnshire town.

One of the girls went back to the pub to ask what was in the biscuit after she began to feel dizzy and sick. 

Another said it “tasted sweet and disgusting at the same time”, The Sun reported. 

Prosecutor Jeremy Evans said: “She ate a small mouthful before throwing it away. She was sick and was left with a shaky feeling.”

Collins was arrested after the children notified a policy community support officer. 

The grandmother was apparently self-medicating with cannabis for depression and reportedly said: “It’s despicable. I didn’t know I had done it. I was drunk.”

Collins’ barrister said that she did not know what was going on because she was drunk. 

“She accepts she supplied these hash cakes, these biscuits that ended up in the hands of the children.

“She cooked up a batch of these things and she then took to eating one or two herself.

“It was not a case of loitering on a street corner trying to trap anyone into taking drugs.

“She had drunk four pints. The combination of prescription drugs and alcohol and, perhaps, cannabis has caused her to behave in this utterly abnormal way.

“She is devastated by what she has done. She is very concerned for the children who were involved in this.

“It was an isolated and reckless event,” the barrister said. 

Cannabis was found in Collins’ property and a bag of biscuits were located in a wheelie bin.

Collins was given a six-month suspended jail sentence with ten days’ rehabilitation.