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The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) has called on Britain to follow Canada and parts of the United States and decriminalise the Class B drug. The report - called Joint Venture: Estimating the Size and Potential of the UK Cannabis Market - claims the current black market for cannabis is…
A woman who murdered her step-grandfather on Christmas Day by beating him with his own walking stick and stabbing him more than 120 times has been told she will serve at least 13 years in prison. Lindsey Fletcher, 39, claimed she attacked Michael Eaton when he tried to sexually abuse…
Two teenagers have been jailed over the fatal stabbing of a youth worker who confronted a group of drug dealers outside his home. Omid Saidy (pictured) was knifed in the neck after he chased two teenagers from outside his house near Parsons Green, south-west London. The 20-year-old had gone after…
Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-term mental health problems, with around two thirds stating…
The prevalence of recent cocaine use among young adults in England and Wales is the highest in Europe, a study from the EU's drug monitoring agency suggests. Analysis cited 2016 figures indicating that 4% of 16 to 34-year-olds had taken the class A substance in the previous 12 months. The…
A police custody officer failed to carry out half-hourly checks on a man in custody who later died in his cell, investigators concluded. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found that observations were instead carried out every hour by the West Midlands Police employee. However, police were carrying out…
Leading nurses warn that the Spice epidemic sweeping British prisons is putting nursing staff at risk. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which is holding its annual congress in Belfast, said that nurses and healthcare assistants are often first on the scene when inmates need emergency care. The nursing union…
Releasing more prisoners on temporary licence could help tackle the drugs crisis in jails, a new report suggests.The scheme does not feel like a real possibility to most inmates, meaning they have little incentive to stay clear of illicit substances, the paper says.Under the release on temporary licence (ROTL) mechanism…
Drug gangs are "regularly taking over the homes" of the vulnerable and mentally ill to use as a base for their nefarious activities, ministers have heard.Tory MP Gillian Keegan told MPs the practice, known as "cuckooing", had become a regular problem in her Chichester constituency.According to HM Courts and Tribunal…
A juror who accepted a bribe has been jailed for six years in the first prosecution of its kind in Scotland. Catherine Leahy, 62, served on a jury in a drug trafficking and money laundering trial at the High Court in Glasgow which returned a not proven verdict in April…
Five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer look after them should go into care and be split up, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Clifford Bellamy last year refused to approve social workers' plans to separate the youngsters - who are aged…
Ministers have been urged to back legal drug consumption rooms in a bid to help end the "damaging" status quo for addicts and the public. SNP MP Alison Thewliss (pictured) wants to introduce legislation paving the way for the UK's first facility which would involve trained staff supervising people as…
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