Call for ban on legal highs being sold in town’s shops

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A campaign to stop shops in Eastbourne selling so-called legal highs is being launched.

Police chief Steve Biglands is behind the crackdown and –backed by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce – is asking retailers and publicans not to sell the substances and also warning people who buy legal highs to take care as many of the ingredients have not been tested for human consumption.

Chief Inspector Biglands said he was concerned at the availability of legal highs in Eastbourne and said traders who do sell them were being socially irresponsible.

Police are now trying to encourage a voluntary agreement from retailers to not sell the substances, which have names such as Go Gaine, Liquid Gold, Pure Gold, Blizzard, Blueberry Blitz, Chalk, Charge, Charles, Euphoria, Disco Biscuits, Rainbow Pellets and White Rockets.

“Drugs that are prescribed has a dosage and a tolerance but with so-called legal highs, there are no guidelines, no limit to what is safe and most importantly, people don’t know what’s in them or what they are taking,” said Chief Inspector Biglands.

“People don’t talk about the risks associated with these substances. We will be going into premises, with the support of the chamber and the borough council, and asking them why they would want to see what could be potentially dangerous to their customers.”

An Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said, “Across East Sussex there have been a number of life-changing events for people who have used these substances. In the Chamber’s opinion it is not socially responsible to be selling these substances. The Chamber is in agreement with the local police and would like to ask all Chamber members, Eastbourne clubs and pubs and members of the Eastbourne Hospitality Association to voluntarily remove these products from sale in Eastbourne.”