Street powder mystery finally solved

NEAALM110606C1 - Kimberley Cllrs Steve Brunt and Roy Plumb have got to the bottom of the mysterious white powder
NEAALM110606C1 - Kimberley Cllrs Steve Brunt and Roy Plumb have got to the bottom of the mysterious white powder

PILES of flour put down on pavements across Kimberley as part of a sports activity left residents and councillors baffled and worried it was dog poison.

The small piles of flour – placed mainly next to lampposts – caused such a stir in the town that people asked Broxtowe Borough Council to test the mystery substance to see if it was harmful.

Residents began reporting piles of white ‘powder’ in several streets last Thursday and Friday, and more appeared over the weekend.

But after tests were carried out, the council confirmed the mystery substance was flour and it had been put down by a running club, as a trail, in a game called ‘hashing’.

The piles of flour were placed against lampposts and telephone boxes, and in a couple of streets it was scattered across the footpath, leaving people completely baffled.

Cllr Roy Plumb said: “We didn’t know whether it was poison or drugs. We didn’t know what it was.”

A spokesperson for Broxtowe Borough Council said: “The way the markings were laid was consistent with that of the game and the running group have confirmed they were in the area on those days.”

The game, called Hashing, involves one of the runners, called the ‘hare’ marking a trail with either chalk, sand dust or flour for other runners to follow.

The group responsible, called The Quorn Hash House Harriers, organise runs across Leicestershire and south Nottinghamshire.