Legal high shop leaves Lincoln’s High Street

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Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police have welcomed the decision of a shop selling legal highs to close its doors.

The authorities have been informed that Marley’s has voluntarily ceased trading with immediate effect.

The decision has been welcomed by the council and the police, who have been working to raise awareness of the dangers of legal highs with partners including the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Addaction services, Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team and the Oasis Partnership.

Inspector Pat Coates said: “We welcome the voluntary decision of the shop to stop trading.

“It has been well-documented in the public that the store sold legal highs, most of which are untested and therefore unsafe for consumption.

“Removing these from the High Street so they are not easy to obtain is a positive move and we are pleased the shop owners have made the move to shut it down.

“It is not yet known the full physical or mental effect that taking legal highs can have and taking anything that is untested is risky, at best, and at worst can prove to have long-lasting ill effects.

“Over the last few months Lincolnshire Police, in support of Trading Standards, have had a lot of contact with the shop owner about what was being sold and we hope that some of that pressure might have led to the decision to close down.”

And Spt Mark Housley, County Officer for Public Protection, added: “This isn’t just happening locally, across the country people are using these dangerous substances.

“Here in Lincolnshire we are taking a very proactive approach towards tackling legal highs, identifying where they are being sold, who may be using them and young people and adults who may be at risk.

“We are working with our partners to help us with this, who are delivering some fantastic programmes to help and educate people.

“For example, Young Addaction have been visiting secondary schools across the county to speak with students, and so far they have visited 1,700 Year 9 and 10 students.

“By working in partnership, we hope we can continue to reduce and prevent people from using legal highs.”