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Court order bans sale of 'legal highs' at Belfast shop

An interim court order has been granted to ban the sale of so-called 'legal highs' at a Belfast shop.

The order was granted by Mr Justice Deeny in the High Court to Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland's Attorney General, John Larkin.

It prevents a number of named individuals and a limited company from selling the substances from premises in Belfast, and anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

The 'legal highs' were first seized from the premises in November 2013 - and were later destroyed by the council.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said: "We are delighted with the decision of the Court. These people have been restricted from supplying Novel Psychoactive Substances (legal highs).

"The decision today reflects that these substances don’t meet the necessary safety requirements. Just because they are not banned under drug laws does not mean that that these substances are safe; they are a risk to a user’s health because their production is not regulated and the consumer can’t be certain as to what is in them.

"They have potentially harmful effects, ranging from psychosis to death.

"The Council welcomes the involvement of the Attorney General in this application.  We are mindful of the extent of the risk posed to Belfast citizens, and young people in particular.

"The issue of safety connected with the use of these substances is significant in Northern Ireland and beyond."

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