North Yorks Police Priority – Legal Highs

On Wednesday 14 January I attend the meeting of the Yorkshire Coast and Moors County Area Committee.

NYCC Meeting

At the meeting Chief Inspector Lindsey Stamp (Deputy Police Commander for Scarborough and Ryedale) started that:

Dealing with legal highs is the number one priority for North Yorkshire Police Scarborough/Ryedale and child sex abuse is the second priority.

Of course there will be tenuous legislation that may be used to deal with the issues of legal highs. But, as Chief Inspector Stamp explained, there is currently no legislation to deal with legal highs until the Government introduces the legislation in June/July after the election. This is of course subject to the result of the election.

How can the number one priority of a police force be something that is legal?

I believe legal highs have been made number one priority as neither North Yorkshire Police, the Conservative North Yorkshire County Council nor the Conservative Scarborough Borough Council want child abuse to be the police priority in the run up to the May election as they all played a major role in the child abuse scandals.

It is a disgrace that something which is legal has been given greater importance than child abuse to suit political ambition in the run up to an election. In addition this is clearly a waste of North Yorkshire Police resources.

When did the North Yorkshire Police start to prioritise that which is legal over that which is illegal?

Email To Julia Mulligan – Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway


Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 5:12 PM

Subject: North Yorks Police Priority – Legal Highs

Dear Mrs Mulligan,

Could I please refer you to

Could I please request that you call for an enquiry into why the number one priority for North Yorkshire Police is something which is legal?

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham


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