Concern at high street sale of legal highs

Concern at high street sale of legal highs

LEGAL high drugs were found on sale in Batley in a Press focus on town centre issues.

Alkyl nitrate Liquid Gold – a brand of the party drug known as ‘poppers’ – is available on the front counter of Pound Express.

Shopper Adrian Cawthorne noticed the items – often sold as ‘room odourisers’. Mr Cawthorne, of Birkenshaw, said: “They’re quite openly on sale and it makes you wonder what else they’re selling.”

A shop worker told The Press he believes the stock comes from a supplier in Manchester.

The man, who did not want to be named, did not know how long they had been on sale but said they sell “about one a week”.

He added: “I accept there could be a concern but they’re not illegal and plenty of other shops sell them.”

Elsewhere, workmen emptied Boots on Commercial Street last week after its closure.

The Press understands interest has been shown in the unit by unnamed parties.

New MP Jo Cox is believed to be looking for offices here in a move away from Cleckheaton.

Batley Business Association chairman Andrew Marsden said it could be a timely boost. He said: “We would be delighted to welcome her. Such a show of faith in our town can only be a good thing.”

It is hoped crowds back traders by turning out in force for Batley Vintage Day on Saturday May 30.

There is free entry, though donations of goods are being collected for Batley Food bank.

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