Legal highs seized from High Street premises

The shop on High Street which was raided by police and Trading Standards. EMN-150206-110606001

The shop on High Street which was raided by police and Trading Standards. EMN-150206-110606001

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More than 350 packets of ‘legal highs’ were seized during a raid on a Boston premises – including one brand recently found elsewhere in the UK to include ‘illegal compounds’.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police swooped on 27B High Street on Thursday following intelligence on the store.

Legal highs at 27B High Street, in Boston.

Legal highs at 27B High Street, in Boston.

Officers seized more than 350 packets of so-called ‘New Psychoactive Substances’, which are believed could be a danger to the health of anyone who uses them. The haul included Vertex, which has recently been found in other areas of the country containing illegal compounds.

Principal Trading Standards officer Andy Wright said: “Quite frankly these substances sold in shiny packets and with catchy names shouldn’t be dubbed ‘legal highs’. The term suggests they have been tested and they are safe, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“They can have horrifying side effects from sickness and seizures, to anxiety and paranoia, and we have a responsibility to safeguard young people.

“We visited the shop several weeks ago, which is being run by Christopher Hilton who previously worked in Head Candy in Lincoln, and requested that they ceased selling the products immediately.”

These substances sold in shiny packets and with catchy names shouldn’t be dubbed ‘legal highs’.

Principal Trading Standards officer Andy Wright

However, Mr Wright said when they returned on Thursday, they found a ring-binder of the products on the front desk, which staff were using to let people pick what they wanted before bringing it out from the stock room.

Mr Wright added: “While we were at the premises, Royal Mail actually turned up with another delivery.

“Clearly our request has been ignored, so we have seized the stock which will be forensically tested while we consider further action.”

Testing of the products will include checks for banned substances.

The Standard attempted to contact the business, but a note on the premises indicated it was closed until Monday.

Anyone who thinks they know where ‘legal highs’ are being sold or used, are asked to contact the police on 101.

l More information about legal highs is available at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.