A probe was underway at Oxford University today after traces of COCAINE was found in six of its buildings.
The drug was discovered using specialist detection swabs in bathrooms at a number of sites including the iconic Radcliffe Camera library.
Trace amounts of the Class A drug were also discovered in the Oxford Union building, the Ruskin School of Fine Art and the Oxford University Language Centre.
The test was carried out by an undercover reporter from student newspaper Cherwell.
A spokesperson for Oxford University said: “We do not believe there is a problem of widespread cocaine use at Oxford University, and note that the accuracy of the cocaine test swabs would probably not stand up as evidence in court.
“The findings are of concern, however, and the relevant University authorities have requested more information about how this investigation was carried out.
The University advises those who are abusing any substance to seek help.
“There is a range of support available, promoted by the University, the colleges and the student union.”
Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, another a spokesperson added: “Any form of drug use on the premises of the Oxford Union constitutes serious misconduct and is absolutely not tolerated.
“As the buildings are open to all members and their guests, and are often hired out, there is a possibility that such instances could occur, despite the fact that there are always security staff on our premises.
“If an incident involving drug use is discovered, it is taken extremely seriously, and we co-operate closely with the police on the issue.”
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