Message from Community Safety Partnership

As you will undoubtedly have heard, this weekend saw the tragic loss of life of a fifteen year old teenager, Leah Kerry and the hospitalisation of two further teenage girls. A separate incident this weekend saw a thirteen year old taken to hospital for excessive alcohol consumption.

As we come into the school summer term, it is vitally important that we raise awareness of the key safety messages to students and parents/guardians about the risks of illegal drugs and alcohol, particular to those students who are most vulnerable.

As a partnership we would be most grateful if you could please relay the following important messages to all students and parents/guardians.

–       Drugs currently referred to as ‘legal highs’ (NPSs) are no longer legal.

–       People consuming drugs are not aware of what they are taking and they can be extremely dangerous – they can kill.

–       If anyone would like advice about drugs or alcohol, please visit TalkToFrank.com, a website which includes useful information.

–       We ask that parents remain aware of where their children are, what they are doing and who they are socialising with, particularly on social media sites, where drugs are becoming more readily available. Please encourage parents to have open and honest conversations with their children about the risks of drugs and alcohol.

–       If anyone is aware of people supply drugs to young people, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Police and CSP will be working closely over the summer and into the Autumn term to look at additional ways we can offer support.

Can we also remind you that there is a dedicated intelligence e-mail for information on drugs which will be essential in trying to reduce the chances of this happening again. As a reminder, the e-mail is teignbridgeyio@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks

Becca Hewitt, Chair of South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership and Superintendent Jacqui Hawley, Local Policing Commander South Devon