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Shop told to stop selling legal highs after raid

PUBLISHED: 11:26 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 16 February 2015

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Substances were seized from Skunkworks, in Orpington, on Friday

Police have banned a shop in Orpington from selling legal highs following a raid.

Officers seized “a considerable quantity” of legal highs and a pitbull terrier thought to belong to a banned breed in the raid on Skunkworks, in the High Street, on Friday.

They say they had received “a considerable number” of complaints about antisocial behaviour in the area.

The shop has now been ordered to stop selling the substances as police say they have concerns about the number of young people using them and the number of resulting medical emergencies.

Officers from Bromley Council have been working with police and accompanied them on the raid.

Bromley deputy borough commander Parm Sandhu said: “We will not tolerate the issues these types of establishments bring to our communities.

“The recreational use of these substances represents a danger to public health and can also render people vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. We strongly advise the public that they should not be experimented with.”

Cllr Tim Stevens, Bromley Council’s executive member for public protection and safety, said: “We have had many complaints from the community about antisocial behaviour which has been linked to the use of these products.”

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