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Plymouth began its fight against 'Spice' long before other cities - but the drug has still found its way onto our streets. Recent videos shot in Plymouth appear to suggest the former 'legal high' could be widespread and on our own doorsteps. Plymouth is winning the war on Spice - thanks in part to the fact it was one of the first cities to recognise the threat.
Originally legal to buy, the synthetic drugs - for which 'Spice' has become an almost slang term - were manufactured in Asia and the Far East by chemists working for organisations who found a loophole in British laws. By manipulating the chemical structure of substances laboratories could mimic an array of illegal pharmaceuticals such as amphetamine, cannabis and heroin. In The Herald reported on the first such drugs which had become hugely popular.
Mephedrone had a host of nicknames, including meph, bath salts, M-cat, bounce, mad cow. After a slew of deaths and concerns were raised by health professionals and police, the government finally banned it in March , but by then manufacturers had already developed newer and often more powerful alternatives.
While the Government dithered, Plymouth police and city council chiefs made the best use they could with available legislation such as the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act , to try and close the stores, with varying degrees of success. Around this time the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen revealed legal highs were now linked to the deaths of at least 39 prisoners between June and June As soon as the [head] shops shut up for good, we knew who was using and we would stop them and speak to them and search them.
We all talked to each other and it helped us on the streets. Other frontline workers also take heart that Plymouth is less affected by NPSs than other parts of Devon and Cornwall. John highlighted the recent case of Thomas Chalk, who with girlfriend Keriann Goby, was sentenced after pleading guilty to offering to supply class B drug.
The court case came after Torquay was labelled a zombie town in national and local media because of the number of semi conscious people who were seen wandering around under the influence of Spice. The court was told that Chalk was sentenced on the basis that he sold the drugs in order to fund his long-standing addiction to Spice. The Herald Express reported how Torquay had seen a problem in the Castle Circus area of the town and many local businesses had called for action.
During the summer, police and Torbay Council launched a crackdown to clean up the streets where many of the problems with Spice have been centred. They have used banning orders and even removed flower beds with the aim of driving drug users out of the town. Torbay MP Kevin Foster also become involved in the campaign, reacting to a week in early Autumn when six people had to be teated by paramedics in the town centre having collapsed from the effects of the strong hallucinogenic drugs.
He said he would explore whether it would be possible to make their possession in a public place an offence, and whether police could have powers to seize them if they were not given up on request. By Carl Eve Crime reporter. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Click to play Tap to play. The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now. Read More Truly shocking Plymouth crime. Subscribe to our Daily newsletter Enter email Subscribe. News all Most Read Most Recent.
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