Cleveland PCC calls for debate after Durham chief's comments

Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has called for a debate to be held after Durham's Chief Constable said Class A Drugs should be decriminalised.

In a statement, Mr Coppinger said:

"I think it is a good idea to have a public debate on this very complex issue and there are various aspects which need to be considered.

"The Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary has set out his experience and I am sure others will have quite different views. It would be good to have something like a Royal Commission looking at all aspects as things stand now, so people are fully informed and I would call on the government to set one up.

"All aspects need looking into very carefully, but one area I feel strongly about is that we must fully support the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users and ensure they have the services available to them to help them with their drugs habit."

– Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner