Legal highs seized in joint operation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 20 April 2015

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A TWO-PRONGED operation between police and Trading Standards officers saw products from two legal high shops in Weston being removed.

Members of North Somerset Council’s Trading Standards team, assisted by officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, visited two ‘head’ shops in the town centre last month which were selling legal highs.

Samples of selected products, which were said to be synthetic cannabis, were sent for laboratory testing and a written notice concerning the labelling of products was issued to staff at both premises.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s drugs strategy lead Paul Bunt said: “Through 
witness statements given to us recently, we have been 
able to provide Trading Standards officers with details of which synthetic cannabis products have been consumed.

“This enabled them to be seized from the shops reported to have sold them.”

Inspector Sharon Bennett said: “This action has been taken because of recent media reports of serious incidents in which people have needed hospital treatment after using these products.

“It seems clear that while these substances are not banned from sale by law, they are certainly not safe.”

Mandy Bishop, assistant director of operations at North Somerset Council, said: “We are sending out a message to these premises that like any business selling 
consumer goods they must contain instructions for safe consumption and the products themselves must be 
safe.”

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