Police who thought they had made a “huge drugs bust” at Gatwick Airport were shocked to discover bags of vegan cake mix.
Cleaners called Gatwick police after finding a suitcase stuffed with blue plastic bags of suspicious-looking white powder on a shuttle train.
But following tests, police were amused to find the powder was actually dairy and egg free cake mix.
Officers tweeted the mix-up on Wednesday, advising passengers to label food they are carrying.
British Transport Police tweeted: “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."
Restaurant Purezza - a trendy vegan restaurant in Brighton, East Sussex who was expecting the mix, tweeted back.
@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
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."
BTP replied: "And your secret recipe is safe with."
British Transport Police confirmed that there were no arrests or concerns about the seizure of the white powder, on Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesperson said: “We received a report at 1.34pm.
“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.”