Man arrested in Lincoln for legal highs offences after UK-wide ban

Police in Lincoln have arrested a man for offences under the new Psychoactive Substances Act that came into force last week.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply on Saturday, May 28 on West Parade, Lincoln.

He has been bailed to return to Lincoln Police Station at a later date to allow for forensic tests to be completed.

As reported previously, a national ban on substances known as ‘legal highs’ was introduced on May 26.

It meant it was an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply and possess with intent to supply and import legal highs.

Lincoln was the first city in the UK to ban the consumption of legal highs in public, and two city centre stores selling the products closed last year.

Inspector Pat Coates, said: “This demonstrates that we will proactively target suppliers of new psychoactive substances using the new legislation.

“We encourage people who are using psychoactive substances to access treatment if they need too. They can visit their GP or seek help through any of the drug and alcohol agencies in the county.”

Anyone who has information about suppliers of NPS can contact their local Neighborhood Policing Teams by calling 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.