Serious Crime

February 24, 2015

New Drug Driving Legislation-Active From March 2015

Facts about drug driving Huddersfield currently has a low proportion of drink and drug driving offenders, with 1.04 cases per 1000 drivers, which is one of the lowest rates outside of London. But it is still worth being aware of changes to the law, which could result in an increased number of arrests in future. Currently, under the road traffic act 1972, it is an offence to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs, which includes illegal drugs, prescribed medicines and solvents. Next month, new drug driving legislation is due to come into force which sets new limits for the amount of drugs that you can have in your system.   The new limits will be modelled after drink […]
February 11, 2015

LSD and Heroin Substitutes now Banned Under the MOD act

The MOD act was introduced to the UK almost 44 years ago, but it still controls a large deal of  our law enforcement and crime proceedings. Since its inception, the act has seen many changes and amendments applied to it. In the past decade we have seen an influx of new compounds, often sold legally, that act as alternative to criminalised substances. Mephedrone was a drug sold as a legal substitute for Class A stimulants such as cocaine, MDMA and amphetamine.  It provided similar effects to these drugs, but as it was a new chemical it was not classified under the misuse of drugs act. After several deaths in the UK It was criminalised in 2009 as a Class B […]
January 29, 2015

The Penalties of Cannabis Growing

Cannabis Growing in West Yorkshire In September 2014, more than 300 cannabis plants were found in a Cannabis factory Meltham, near Huddersfield. According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, the authorities seized and destroyed Cannabis plants and hydroponic lights used to grow the plants, the street value of the drugs seized would have been tens of thousands of pounds. Cannabis cultivation and growth has become increasingly popular in the UK, due to developments and availability of growing equipment. It also takes the factor of transporting of the drug across borders out of the equation, minimising a lot of the risk and associated costs. It’s been suggested that some dealers of hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine have migrated to cannabis growing in […]
January 26, 2015

Drugs on Your Premises, Could you be Liable?

Drug Crime in Huddersfield A 2014 report by Police.uk found that 1117 crimes were committed in the Huddersfield area, 27 of which were Drug offences (not accounting for the 486 incidents in West Yorkshire that could not be mapped to a location). Drug crimes accounted for 2% of all crime within Huddersfield during this period. Though this seems like a small figure, this only represents direct drug charges. The figure does not take into account other crimes in Huddersfield of which drugs are a large contributing factor, such as violent crimes and theft. With this in mind, all areas the supply of Drugs is taken very seriously by authorities, due to the repercussions that it has on the wider community. […]