Chesterfield MP highlights Chesterfield town centre drug problem in Westminster

Chesterfield's MP Toby Perkins has spoken out about the issues of drug use in Chesterfield town centre and other towns across the UK.

Mr Perkins told a Westminster Hall debate about the impact of Spice / Mamba (synthetic cannabinoids) during a debate.

He spoke on numerous topics surrounding the issue, including the impact on Chesterfield, on prisons, on East Midlands Ambulance Service and the work police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and Derbyshire Constabulary have been doing to arrest and disrupt the dealer chain.

The Chesterfield MP also said he would back making synthetic cannabinoids class A substances, along with tougher sentences for those supplying it.

Mr Perkins said: "If we see sentences rise police tell me they believe they will not be getting people low down the supply chain. Those sentences will go higher up the drug chain to where they really belong, to the people at the top of that chain."

On the people taking the drugs he added: "These people are very much victims, they are vulnerable people. But the impact of their actions has an impact on a huge number of other people. There are huge numbers of people who are frightened to go into the centre of our towns."

On the issue of drug-taking in prisons Mr Perkins told the debate: "There are people who are getting themselves sent into prison deliberately to bring drugs in and when you have prisons where the drugs are as rife as that, the ability for the prison to do any kind of rehabilitation work is absolutely impossible."

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