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Mike Sole attacks Skunkwork's lack of self enforcement

October 12, 2013 8:23 AM

Letter to the editor of the Kentish Gazette 11/10/13

Dear sir

Yet another young life nearly lost as Skunkworks continue to peddle their poisonous wares. How much longer will "legal" highs be sold on our streets? Whilst the City Council remains unable to act and the Government unwilling to act I fear that this is not the last time that we will read about incidents like this, but thank goodness The Gazette is carrying out its role and warning youngsters and their parents of the dangers.

I'm pleased that 17 year old Matt Ford is recovering from his near fatal experiment with "legal" highs but what ever happened to the "Over 18s Only" policy that Skunkworks boast on their windows? Are customers asked to prove their age? It's about as useless as writing "Not for human consumption" on something that is clearly sold with that in mind.

Skunkworks UK continue to open branches in towns and cities across the South East and local Councillors of all colours despair that they have no power to stop them. Julian Brazier MP has achieved nothing in the last 18 months on this despite agreeing that something must be done.

Will The Gazette now take up the campaign across Kent with its sister KM newspapers to mobilise action and push for a change in the law? If we can't stop them selling these deadly drugs the law needs to give local authorities licensing powers over them similar to sex shops so that local people can decide if, where and under what conditions they can operate.

Yours sincerely

Mike Sole