Brighton and Hove could become the first place in the country to provide rooms where people would be able to use drugs safely.
A Surrey man has been jailed for five years after admitting heroin smuggling into Dover.
Members of an organised drugs ring who were supplying cocaine across the Canterbury and South Coast area have been jailed today.
A 17-year-old Southampton youth is being treated at Southampton General Hospital’s intensive care unit after taking a ‘legal high’ drug he bought on the internet. The boy’s mother phoned an ambulance after finding him in his bedroom.
He had taken Alpha Methyltryptamine (AMT) which had been ordered from Holland. His condition remains life-threatening.
Police said: “People who state they have a strong view about not taking controlled drugs are importing and purchasing drugs which they read online are a substitute for controlled drugs. People incorrectly believe that these ‘legal highs’ are safe and appropriate alternatives to street drugs."
The Operation Fortress van has been updating communities in Thornhill in Southampton after a series of drug warrants.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods team took the van to the area after raid at four addresses
At around 11.30am on Thursday, August 8, officers entered and searched homes on Lydgate Road, Napier Road, Meredith Towers on Tunstall Road and Dumbleton Towers on Warburton Road.
The warrants were part of the Operation Fortress campaign which aims to reduce harm caused by drug-related violence by restricting the supply of drugs.
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and was bailed pending further enquiries.
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Det Sgt Darren Cartwright said: “This was obviously a frightening experience for the boy’s parents, but fortunately he doesn’t seem to have been seriously harmed. It seems he had picked up a discarded paper wrap believed to have contained an illegal drug.
“There is potential for further for forensic investigation into the incident , and we would like to make parent’s, guardians, and caregivers aware of it, especially in light of the continuing hot weather which families are taking advantage of by visiting our parks and public areas."
A toddler has been hospitalised after he chewed on a discarded drugs wrap at a recreation ground.
The incident happened yesterday at the Southern Road recreation ground in Thame when a 14-month old boy picked up what is believed to be a discarded drugs wrap and chewing it
Police were called at 5.15pm by the ambulance service, who took the boy to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
His condition is not thought to be serious and he is being kept in overnight for observation.
For people with severe alcohol and drugs addiction, a stint of goat husbandry might sound like an odd prescription. But that's one approach being tried out by a specialist recovery centre near Maidstone.
The Kenward Trust, which helps addicts to clean up their lives and get back on track, has formed a partnership with the Buttercups Goat Sanctuary. It's hoped that caring for the animals every day will help to bring structure and a sense of responsibility to the Trust's residents.
David Johns explains, talking to Ken Crawford from the Kenward Trust, volunteer Valerie Underdown, and Bob Hitch, founder of Buttercups Goat Sanctuary.
A Kent man who died after slashing his arms during a "legal high" at Bestival was found to suffer a paranoid reaction to the drugs.
Daniel Parks, from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, went to the festival in Isle of Wight with his wife where he took the substance called Magic Crystals.
An inquest held at Newport, Isle of Wight, on Monday found the legal high was in fact a prohibited substance believed to be 4-Methylethcathinone.
Daniel and his wife consumed the drugs on Thursday September, 6 last year and died in hospital on Sunday September, 9 at 10.32am.
The man was described as having a paranoid reaction to the drugs and was found by his wife in their campervan having several wounds to his arms with a kitchen knife.
He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport where he died as a result of blood loss caused by the deep cut to his arms.
Isle of Wight Coroner, Caroline Sumeray, said: "He had purchased what he believed to be 'legal highs' via the internet prior to attending the festival. Unbeknown to him, the 'magic crystals' he purchased were in fact a prohibited substance."
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– Wiltshire Police Superintendent Gavin Williams
This is the first time Wiltshire Police has taken out an entire organised crime group - from the street dealers to those at the top.
Most of the initial evidence on criminal activity in our communities comes via the local NPTs who are familiar, trusted faces in our towns and villages.
I would also like to thank the local community for the role they play in helping us reduce crime – community based intelligence is crucial in both detecting and solving crime.