Home Secretary, Theresa May, has backed a Free Press initiative to warn readers of the dangers of legal highs. In an exclusive interview, the Home Secretary praised the Free Press for campaigning to raise awareness of some of the side effects of novel psychoactive substances (NPS), commonly referred to as legal highs.
This comes after a 13-year-old boy in Mexborough collapsed following taking a ‘so-called legal high’.
Mrs May said: “These are substances that are very dangerous.”
She added: “We asked some experts to look at this issue.”
“We’ve now published a report and the Government will be acting to ensure that we can clamp down in a number of ways to ensure that fewer people see their lives damaged by these substances.”
When asked about racial tensions that have erupted in Hexthorpe, causing problems with anti-social behaviour and in one case leading to two men being stabbed, Mrs May said residents should be reassured in knowing that police will ‘properly investigate’ incidents of that nature.
She continued: “What we are doing as a government is ensuring that we have an immigration policy that recognises peoples concerns because Labour’s open-door policy which I think was bad for Britain.”
“We have a policy which says that we are happy about people coming in to the country, but we need to have some control over that and ensure that the people who do come here want to contribute to our society and economy. That we root out abuse and that we make it harder for people to be here illegally.”
On the subject of today’s South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election the Home Secretary has called on voters to elect a police and crime commissioner who can bring a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the role.
Mrs May defended the role of PCC, which was brought in by the Government in 2012.
She said that she said she did not believe the position had been tainted by the departure of Shaun Wright, who stood down in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal and added that she supports having an elected official in place who can ‘hold the police to account’.
“What South Yorkshire needs in their police and crime commissioner is fresh thinking. I think they need a breath of fresh air,” said Mrs May.
She added: “I think the role of police and crime commissioner is an important one.”
Conservative candidate Ian Walker, UKIP’s Jack Clarkson, Doncaster English Democrat candidate David Allen and Labour’s Rev Dr Alan Billings will all go head to head in today’s by-election.
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