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The Welsh Assembly has sacked an employee after emails advertising the sale of dope appeared on the organisation's internal bulletin boards.

Assembly administrators launched an enquiry after email messages advertising cannabis were found on the system - which is restricted to assembly staff and members.

"There was no formal investigation, we are just looking into what happened on Friday," a representative, who confirmed an employee had been dismissed, told the BBC.

"A casual junior member of staff was told to leave the building," they added. "No drugs have been sold and according to the person concerned, the message was put on as a joke."

It is not the first time the email system at the Welsh governing body has stirred up controversy over the last year. One incident saw a schoolboy mistakenly send a threatening message to an Assembly member, while a second bungle left an unauthorised email about the beef-on-the-bone ban landing in journalists' in-boxes.

There was also the leak of an email calling for staff not to divulge confidential material via email.

In related drugs news, a Member of the Scottish Parliament has proposed setting up a string of cannabis cafes. Margo MacDonald said experimental drugs cafes should be considered as a way of combating the country's narcotics problem. ®

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