Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Legal highs no longer on sale in Belfast: Gavin Robinson

No shops in Belfast are selling so-called legal highs any more, a DUP councillor has claimed.

Gavin Robinson told Monday evening's meeting of Belfast City Council that as far as he was aware, five shops had, until recently, been selling legal highs.

He said three of these shops voluntarily gave up selling the controversial substances when approached by council officers, while the fourth had them confiscated and the final shop was taken to court by the council.

"I want to congratulate all those officers involved in the recent prosecution which emerged from the sale of legal highs within our city," he told the council.

"It is important that when good work takes place in this city, we pay credit where it is due."

Mr Robinson added that he hoped other cities across the UK would follow the example Belfast has set.

Last month, a proposal put forward by Mr Robinson on legal highs was unanimously passed.

It noted with concern the sale and use of Novel Psychoactive Substances, so-called 'legal highs', has become increasingly problematic in the city, and commended the work of several charities in this regard. The organisations singled out for praise included FASA, Opportunity Youth, Ascert and the Falls Community Council.

As part of the motion which was voted through unanimously, the council agreed to write to Health Minister Edwin Poots to support his engagement with the Home Office to review the legislative controls and potential classification.

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