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Hard-hitting drama depicts student's tragic drug death

He was a popular and gifted young man with everything to live for, but Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died after taking Ecstasy at a party.

Now, students from Sussex are performing a play depicting the sixteen year old's tragic death, as a warning to others about the dangers of taking drugs.

And they've been joined in rehearsals by Daniel's mother Fiona, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

To find out more about Dan's story, and for drug advice for young people, go to www.dsmfoundation.org.uk.

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Attempt to smuggle £11 million of cannabis through Dover

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An attempt to smuggle £11.3m of cannabis resin into the UK hidden in a lorry carrying pallets of flat packed wooden crates has been prevented by Border Force.

On Wednesday 12 July, officers at the UK’s border control at Dover, stopped a Bulgarian-registered lorry. When the vehicle was searched 143 packages, each weighing approximately 30Kg, were found hidden in specially hollowed out sections within each pallet. Tests identified the packages as cannabis, with a total weight of 4.3 tonnes and an estimated street value of £11.3 million.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is investigating the smuggling attempt.

Cameron Bryson, Acting Deputy Director Border Force South East and Europe, said: “By thwarting this smuggling attempt, Border Force has stopped a vast quantity of illegal drugs from reaching the UK’s streets and prevented criminals from lining their pockets with a substantial profit.

“Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs out of the country and we continue to work with law enforcement partners to tackle these crimes.”

Border Force officers arrested a 42-year-old Bulgarian man who has been released under investigation. On Friday (14 July) the National Crime Agency arrested a 50-year-old Briton at an address in Hythe, Kent. He was released on bail pending further enquiries.

Heroin dealer jailed after targeting users in Kent

Julian Mason had found a place to live, while he targeted users Credit: Kent Police

A heroin dealer from London has been jailed for five years after he was caught trying to supply drugs to users in Tunbridge Wells.

Julian Mason was seen acting suspiciously in a car in Reynolds Lane on 22 February, 2017 and, when police blocked his vehicle, tried to escape on foot. The 34-year-old was detained and searched and a total of 76 wraps containing Class A drugs were found in one of his trouser pockets and inside a bag he was carrying.

Further enquiries revealed Mason had been living for several weeks at an address in Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells. When officers searched this property they discovered further quantities of drugs, along with a set of scales and cling film.

In total police seized 32 grams of heroin, crack cocaine weighing 56 grams and 295 ecstasy pills.

Mason, formerly of Romney Road, Hayes, was remanded in custody after being charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply MDMA.

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to all the charges and was jailed for five years.

Mason was dealing on a very significant level. He had even found himself a place to live in the local area in order to systematically target some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

We know there will be more drug dealers like Mason who will try to target Tunbridge Wells but rest assured my officers will continue to work relentlessly, to ensure we keep on catching them and bringing them before the courts. We must all remain vigilant to ensure our town remains a safe place to live and your help remains invaluable. Make sure you report anything suspicious by calling 999 if it is a crime in progress. Otherwise contact 101.

– Tunbridge Wells Chief Inspector Dave Pate
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