Legal highs warning after Chichester arrest

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A SUSPECTED vandal has been arrested and bailed after allegedly damaging a Chichester convenience store.

According to Sussex Police, emergency services were called to Eddie’s Convenience Store, in Millfield Close, on Tuesday (October 21), where a man was acting ‘strangely and saying he felt unwell’.

The police spokeswoman added he then began damaging the shop before running away and climbing a tree in Baxendale Road.

She said: “Thankfully the man, a 26-year-old, didn’t do himself any serious damage. However it is believed he had taken so-called legal highs. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and was later bailed until November 7 while investigations continue.

“Another man was also taken to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester suffering the effects from what is thought to be a legal high drug. He has since been released.”

Police have issued a warning about legal highs after another two men were taken to hospital in Bognor Regis the same day.

Police were called around 2.15pm to reports of two men taken ill at a property in Stocker Road. The men, both 19, were taken to hospital, but were discharged later that evening.

Detective Inspector Dave Grover said: “We believe all of these men may have taken some type of legal high which made them all very unwell.

“We urge people to take caution as legal highs often have great health risks. Just because a substance is legal to possess, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. In addition, other damaging health issues have been experienced including paranoid states, psychosis, hallucinations, comas and seizures.”

The police have advised there is a range of people to talk to and there are services available that offer support. They are there to listen to concerns, whether they be from the enquirer or someone they know. These include the NHS website www.nhs.uk and www.talktofrank.com.