Court order granted over 'legal highs'

Court order granted over 'legal highs'

A court has permitted Belfast City Council to destroy items seized from a city centre bookshop as they have been deemed unsafe for sale.

The products were removed from a premises in Gresham Street in November.On Tuesday at Belfast Magistrates' Court, a Forfeiture Order was granted against Aiden Kerr of Soho Bookshop allowing the Council to destroy the products seized.The Forfeiture Order was made under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, as the District Judge was satisfied that the products were unsafe.The Council believes that these are the type of products which are commonly consumed as so called 'legal highs' and argued that the labeling and safety information in relation to the products was inadequate.Mr Kerr's legal representatives conceded that the products contained psychoactive substances but denied that they were being sold as 'legal highs'.The Forfeiture Order follows action taken by the Council to remove these products from five city centre shops.A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: "We are delighted that four of the five original sellers co-operated with the Council and are no longer supplying these products."The court today agreed that the substances seized don't meet the necessary safety requirements."Just because a substance is legal does not mean that it is safe; these products are a risk to a user's health because their production is not regulated and the consumer simply can't be certain as to what is in them and their potential harmful effects."


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