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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

May 7, 2009: Drug Seizures Up In 2008

Last year, police and customs agents made 216,792 seizures of drugs in England and Wales. This was an increase of 17% over the previous year, and represents the largest number of drug seizures since records were first compiled on the issue in 1973.

Seizures were up in all classes of drugs, and in most major categories within those classes:

  • For Class A drugs, cocaine seizures increased by 26%, crack by 9%, and heroin by 2%. Like the previous year, cocaine was the most commonly seized Class A drug.
  • For Class B drugs, seizures increased by 4% overall, with amphetamine seizures increasing 5%.
  • For Class C drugs, seizures increased by 20%, with herbal cannabis seizures increasing by 26%, seizures of cannabis plants increasing by 47%.

In terms of sheer volume, huge amounts of drugs were seized last year. Key seizure totals include:

  • more than 3 tons of cocaine
  • 1 ton of heroin
  • 947,000 ecstasy tablets
  • nearly 2 tons of amphetamines
  • nearly 20 tons of herbal cannabis
  • more than 16 tons of cannabis resin
  • 508,460 individual cannabis plants

Policing and Crime Minister Vernon Coaker said the numbers were 'encouraging', noting that:

'Our aim is clear: We want fewer people to start using drugs, and of those who do use drugs, we are getting record number into treatment. I want to see these numbers continue to fall so that our streets and communities can be free from the crime and anti-social behaviour caused by drug misuse and drug dealing.'

For a detailed account of seized drugs from 2007-08,  see the Home Office statistical bulletin for seizures of drugs in England and Wales, 2007-08.