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Cocaine 'worth £62m' seized by Irish Navy

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Cocaine worth £62 million has been seized aboard a yacht off the coast of Ireland, the Irish Navy has said.

The 60 foot vessel called Makayabella was intercepted some 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head - Ireland's most southerly point - in the early hours of yesterday morning but details have only recently emerged.

Three British men, believed to be from West Yorkshire, were apprehended by armed naval personnel on the yacht and were arrested on shore by the Garda.

If the haul is confirmed, it will be one of biggest drugs seizures at sea in Europe this year.

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Heroin addicts to be given free foil by health bodies

Free foil will be given to heroin addicts by health bodies in a bid to help them beat the drug.

Free foil will be given to heroin addicts. Credit: REUTERS/Katrina Manson

The Government hopes the move will encourage users to inhale rather than inject class A substances.

Health professionals, including both the NHS and privately run treatment centres, will be legally allowed to issue the foil from next month.

By allowing foil to be legally provided by healthcare professionals we are taking another positive step in reducing the number of individuals, families and communities whose lives are destroyed by drugs.

The decision was made on the condition that it is part of structured efforts to get individuals off drugs and will minimise the risk of spreading viruses like HIV, while encouraging more addicts to engage with support services.

– Crime prevention minister Norman Baker

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