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Dartmoor farmer allowed cannabis to be grown on land

John Shears has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis Credit: Irving of Exeter

A former chairman of the Devon National Farmers Union has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis.

John Shears has denied a second charge of producing the drug at his farm and now faces a trial at Exeter Crown Court next year.

Police seized 189 plants at the farm in May - capable of producing drugs worth thousands of pounds.

Plymouth students to be repatriated after fundraising target reached

Two Plymouth students who died in Amsterdam will be brought home after thousands of pounds was raised. It's believed that Shaun Brotherston and Bradley Price died after inhaling white heroin while celebrating Shaun's 21st birthday. Their friends have raised more than £9,000 to repatriate their bodies.

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Plymouth students "thought heroin was cocaine"

A sign in Amsterdam warning tourists about drugs Credit: ITV News

Two students from Plymouth have died after taking a lethal batch of heroin during a trip to Amsterdam. Their bodies were found in a hotel room just hours after taking the white powder.

Police believe they took the drug thinking it was cocaine and were targeted by the same street dealers linked to the death of another Briton a few weeks ago.

Students fall victim to white heroin in Amsterdam

A sign in Amsterdam warning tourists about drugs Credit: ITV News

Two men reported to be from Devon have died after allegedly taking white heroin in Amsterdam.

It's thought the students took the substance thinking it was cocaine. Their bodies were found on Tuesday. Police have confirmed the drug was heroin.

We found traces of white powder, we checked the white powder it looks like cocaine but it is not cocaine it is white heroin.

It is a massive problem and thats why we alert the British media - be aware, don't buy any form of hard drugs.

– Rob Van Der Veen, Amsterdam Police

Dorset police continue drink driving campaign

Dorset police continue drink driving campaign Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Dorset Police are reminding people to make sure they are fit to drive the morning after drinking. It's all part of a summer campaign that will include an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.

They've warned anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the 31st July will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

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Two arrested in drugs bust

Drugs estimated to be worth £90,000 have been seized by police in Devon.

Large amounts of heroin and cocaine were discovered by officers in Brixham. A 19-year old man and a 22-year old woman have been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Gang members jailed: full report

One of the biggest police operations ever mounted in Cornwall has ended with the jailing of two gangs who controlled the county's supply of illegal drugs. Details of the operation have been revealed for the first time.

Court hearings in Truro involving the gangs were held in secret. This week 20 gang members were given sentences ranging from suspended prison terms to 13 years in jail.

20 members of drugs gangs sentenced

Twenty members of two gangs who supplied most of Cornwall's illegal drugs have been given sentences of up to 13 years in jail. The gangs based in Falmouth and Newquay supplied cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines worth nearly a million pounds.

Their sentences at Truro Crown Court today brought to an end one of the biggest police operations ever mounted in Cornwall.

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Mum of boy who saved friends says he's a hero

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs.

They started fitting and hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy.

The teenagers were helped by their friend Jai Woods who hadn't taken the drug. Jai's mother, Kate, says her son is a hero:

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