Skunkworks raid

Published Monday, 16 February 2015

Bromley Police and local authority officers raided the premises of Skunkworks in Orpington High Street on Friday 13 February following complaints of antisocial behaviour in the surrounding area.

Trading Standards Officers seized a considerable quantity of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’  as part of an on-going investigation into the safety of NPS. A suspected prohibited breed of Pit Bull Terrier was also seized for further examination by police.  

Local police teams had raised concerns about the number of young people found in possession of NPS and the number of medical emergencies relating to the use of NPS. Working in partnership, the Police and Local Authority have issued a warning to the business under new legislation to stop selling NPS in an effort to protect the local community and restrict young people in the area having access to the product.

Bromley Deputy Borough Commander Parm Sandhu said: "This sends a clear message to these types of establishments that we will not tolerate the issues they bring to our communities. The recreational use of NPS represents a danger to public health and can also render people vulnerable to becoming victims of crime and the Metropolitan Police Service strongly advice the public that these should not be experimented with. We will continue working with Trading Standards and the Local Authority to tackle this issue"

Cllr Tim Stevens, Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety said “We have joined forces with our police partners to tackle this problem using ground-breaking enforcement tactics. This was in response to many complaints from the community about antisocial behaviour which has been linked to the use of these products. They are not safe, they are dangerous and can cause serious harm to those using them, especially young people. The term legal high is completely misleading.”

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Notes to Editors: The legislation used during this raid was:

Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Part 4 Chapter 1
The Act empowers police and local authority to serve a Community Protection Notice on a person or business if their conduct is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the community, is unreasonable and is persistent.

The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 place a general obligation on producers to supply only products that are safe. This includes a requirement to provide consumers with the relevant information to enable them to assess the risks inherent in a product throughout the normal or reasonably foreseeable period of use, where such risks are not immediately obvious without adequate warnings and to take precautions against those risks.

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