Shop decides to stop selling 'legal highs' following investigation (From Clacton and Frinton Gazette)
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Shop decides to stop selling 'legal highs' following investigation
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A SHOP in Clacton has decided to stop selling legal highs following a investigation by Trading Standards.
Mutz Nutz, in Pallister Road, was investigated by Essex County Council Trading Standards six months ago.
It came after several children were hospitalised when they took products allegedly bought at its sister shop Sheppards, in Eld Lane, Colchester.
The shops had sold novel psychoactive substances, commonly known as legal highs.
Rick, who runs the shops, has always insisted they have never sold to anyone underage and if people under 18 were getting hold of them it was because people were buying them for the teenagers.
“We have decided it is no longer a market we want to be associated with,” he said.
“In the early days the products weren’t quite what they now are – they used to be a lot milder."
Trading Standards confiscated stock belonging to Sheppards and after it was found be unsafe it was destroyed by Essex Police.