POLICE in Hull are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of mephedrone amid concerns it is becoming the “drug of choice” for young people.
Officers say they are receiving increased reports about a surge in the use of the drug – more commonly known by its street name M-Cat – and also want to make parents aware of how to spot signs that someone is using it.
They are also targeting dealers and yesterday saw a man jailed for 12 months following his arrest at Hull’s Sugar Mill nightclub in September.
Phineas Float, 19, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Hull Crown Court yesterday after admitting at an earlier hearing to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and failure to provide a sample for Class A drugs.
Chief Insp Dave Houchin said: “The sentencing of Mr Float is a great result for Humberside Police and the people of Hull. It shows that we take offences such as this very seriously and will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.
“I would like to reassure the people of Hull that the current increase in the number of reported incidents involving M-Cat is being investigated robustly by Humberside Police and we have dedicated resources to tackle the issue.
“We are currently working with a number of partner agencies to raise awareness of the effects of M-Cat as our top priorities are public safety and reducing crime.”
He added: “M-Cat appears to be the drug of choice at the moment. We have noted that M-Cat is an aggravating factor in offences such as public order and violent crime, in that people who have taken it and similar substances are sometimes in a heightened and more aggressive state.
“The police are dedicated to tackling crime and I would continue to ask people to be our eyes and ears and report any offences involving M-Cat to police so that we can take the appropriate action and reduce the number of offences.”