Her stepmother told us of her attempts to get her daughter, one of the oldest of seven, to stop smoking cannabis. Her daughter said she was “freaked out about the pens”. This is Maddie’s account: “She was smoking it constantly, she used to have one just like that.” The court heard that the letters are being sent through the post because the police “do not understand the damage these can do”. They use the letters to investigate offences of possession of cannabis. “The police do not bother to understand how cannabis can be so easily distributed so that you can go into a shop and smoke in front of a person. How could someone know the address of a shop? No-one knows a shop or even how to get round that, but you can get a letter.””All the time they are buying it, it means more and more. If that person is killed, a family is in danger and it does make it difficult to get to justice.” After hearing a report that has already been prepared in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, the police did not pursue the case. Miss Nelson has called for people to make aware of this and make sure to write and read the warnings they receive at the shops. This will be the second case this week in which drug warning leaflets have been sent through the post. The first came just a few days ago.
Mallory Wood was reported missing earlier this week. She apparently went to a shop in Stockett before returning home. While many families know someone who has died by overdosing on cannabis or heroin, very few have heard of someone whose disappearance is attributed to the drugs. In December 2002 20-year-old Miss Wood, who lived alone, was reported missing by her father. On Thursday, police announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who she was last seen with, a 24-year-old man charged with murder. On April 23 this year, she was reported missing after telling her parents that she had planned to meet a man she claimed was gay in his flat. The man who was in the flat with her, David Jones, was arrested just days after her disappearance. On Tuesday a police team from Stockett went to the flat to carry out an inventory of items, including drugs. On Wednesday, police again visited the flat to examine the items there. By all accounts the items found there show no signs of Miss Wood having used drugs. They include a computer which would have been difficult to explain having been accessed on three different hours. The police also noted a large number of unopened packages in her home, including some containing items she had mentioned to her parents she wanted returned. The searches yielded five pounds of cannabis. It is believed that the police searched through all her home but found only things which fit the descriptions given to them by her parents. The mother of Miss Woods, who is not a suspect in the case, said her daughter has suffered from post traumatic stress disorder following the disappearance. Miss Woods had used cannabis before her mother had discovered her, however she didn’t try it with David. According to one of her relatives, the last time she used drugs she’d had about 500 tablets in her system by the time she was taken into hospital for a drug test. On Sunday, a car and a lorry that Mr. Jones is suspected of driving were seen parked up in his flat. The car contained items found in Miss Woods’ home and several containers of cannabis. Detectives have not ruled out that Miss Woods was using a stolen car to get to the home, but he is yet to face any charges in connection to the investigation. Yesterday, Miss Wood’s mother said she has received ‘tremendous support’. She said: “I appreciate the immense amount of support, and I want to thank everyone who has shared information, gone to buy a card, spoken to someone. “The support from her friends is incredible, and I want to thank them, in particular as they would know that this tragedy has cost an immense amount of time and effort to seek out the missing person.
The letters received were used by police in the case, but in our view remain an inadequate and misleading deterrent, while in recent years the practice of letters from drug dealers are generally not accompanied by any warning to other would-be offenders. And whilst such letters are not usually accompanied by a letter of solace, many of the letters contain such “teaser messages” as asking “Don’t you dare leave?”
This week the Metropolitan Police have announced plans to install computer chips in every vehicle in London. The chips will be inserted in key areas, such as the glove box and in the doors. It is claimed that when an accident or other incident occurs the car is more likely to act in a more timely manner, because it has a better