Lambeth’s Public Space Protection Order in place from today

From August 17th, anyone caught using or selling legal highs faces a maximum £1000 fine.

Lambeth Council cabinet approved a “Public Spaces Protection Order” that bans the “consumption and supply of legal highs in public spaces”.

Last year in Lambeth 57 allegations to police were seen in Vauxhall, Clapham, Brixton and Streatham all linked to legal highs, Ranging from supply to anti-social behaviour and sexual assault.

There were consistent complaints from residents about “litter and waste” from discarded laughing gas canisters.

Lambeth is London’s first local authority to ban legal highs, following Lincoln in April. It comes ahead of a planned government ban on legal highs.

Seventeen deaths in the UK were linked to nitrous oxide use between 2006 and 2012.

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