Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Kirklees - Resolve Not to Get Involved in Solvent Abuse


Kirklees Police and partner agencies are urging young people not to get involved in solvent abuse.

Officers discovered a ‘den’ in the Dewsbury area recently with numerous empty gas refills, disposable lighters and aerosols littering the floor. There was also some discarded drug paraphernalia.

“We did find a 15 year old boy under the influence of solvents,” said Sgt Darren Brown of Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team. “ He was taken home and was provided with information about how to get help. He was introduced to an organisation called ‘Drug Sense’ who have worked with him successfully to cure his addiction.”

“Retailers who sell things such as lighter fluid to people under the age of 18 are committing an offence,” said Andrew Bibby of West Yorkshire Trading Standards. “All staff should be aware of this - where evidence exists we will prosecute.”

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