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Poisoned snowball cakes left in parkland in Inverness

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Image caption Snowball cakes similar to this one were found containing a blood thinning agent

Cakes laced with a drug used to control rats and mice have been found in public parkland in the Merkinch area of Inverness.

A number of snowballs containing the blood thinning agent Warfarin were found at a grassy area on Old School Place on Monday.

Police said the drug could be extremely harmful to people and pets.

Ch Insp Jenny MacDonald said police were "keeping an open mind" about why Warfarin was put in the cakes.

She told BBC Radio Scotland the incident was a concern for people and their pets.

Warfarin is prescribed as a medication for humans, as well as being used to control rodents.

Its medical uses include as a treatment for blood clots.

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