Special Report Lord Alan Howarth, a Labour party peer who lives in Norwich, believes drugs should be legalised and regulated. Photo: Bill Smith Archant In December 2016 Norfolk police launched a crackdown on the county’s Class A drug trade in response to an increase in violent crime. Inspector Nick Palin with a tent containing cannabis plants in the loft of a property on the Aylsham Road during an Operation Gravity drugs raid. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCode-named Operation Gravity, it has seen officers conduct countless raids, undercover stings and take dozens of dealers off the streets.Yet after more than 1,000 arrests, the county’s chief constable Simon Bailey says drug use has not only remained stable, but increased in some cases.According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Norwich has one of the highest heroin death rates in the country.Now, political figures in Norfolk are calling for a radical change in drug policy – to make them legal.“Albert Einstein once said the definition of madness was doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result,” says Lord Alan Howarth, a Labour party peer who lives in Norwich.“My view is if you look at the history of prohibition – whether it is alcohol,… Read full this story
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