Rural Crime – Tackling so called ‘Legal Highs’ and Illegal Drugs

Legal High rural imageA recent Telegraph article reported that Rural areas and small towns are facing an epidemic of so-called “legal high” drugs which police are struggling to tackle.  An all-party Home Affairs Select Committee said new synthetic drugs are appearing on the market at the rate of more than one a week, making it impossible for current drug laws to keep pace.

Deaths involving legal highs have increased from 29 in 2011 to 52 last year, a rise of 79 per cent.

What is a ‘Legal High’? The correct description is New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). We have put together an explanation of what legal highs contain, what the packaging looks like and the risks of taking them.

Suffolk Trading Standards are also asking for your help to get these products off the shelves by reporting anywhere you see these are being offered for sale.  Please report these to the Trading Standards Helpline on 08454 040506.  If you have any other issues or concerns you can report these by email to Suffolk Police at

MPs have also warned that cannabis farms continue to blight rural villages. Recent reports of finds in Suffolk include a cannabis factory found in a bunker at Rendlesham. Possible signs of a cannabis factory could be:

  • Lighting and ventilation equipment.
  • Covered up or blocked up windows.
  • Comings and goings to a property at all hours.
  • Strong lighting day and night.
  • High levels of heat and condensation i.e windows constantly misted up.
  • The constant buzz of ventilation.
  • The strong sickly smell given off by cannabis plant.
  • Lots of power cables that could possibly link up to lamp posts so that they don’t have to pay for the large amounts of electricity they use.

If you suspect there is one near you please phone us on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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