Doncaster MP calls for clarity over legal highs ban

Rosie Winterton
Rosie Winterton

A Doncaster MP is calling on ministers to provide information about how new Government proposals to ban legal highs will be implemented, specifically looking at problems caused by the borough’s ‘head shops’.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton has asked for a meeting with ministers following the announcement on legal highs in today’s Queens Speech.

Miss Winterton has previously written to the Home Secretary calling for tougher action, including new legislation, to be taken to tackle the scourge of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), so called ‘legal highs’ being sold in the town. The council has used existing powers regarding anti-social behaviour to quickly close down the shops but they have simply moved and opened up again elsewhere.

Miss Winterton has dubbed premises that sell NPS a “blight on Doncaster”, adding: “These drugs can neither be assumed to be safe nor legal. The Government also need to consider how we can improve education, support and health services in order to reduce drug use and associated crime,”

A recent report commissioned by the police revealed that officers have seen a marked increase in the number of premises/market stalls selling NPS and officers in the borough have noted a number of instances of anti-social behaviour from users of legal highs. The report also lists a number of worrying effects from some NPS substances.