Legal highs in the spotlight at Gosport safety day

Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes with the then Mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis, at last year's event. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14940-1)
Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes with the then Mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis, at last year's event. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14940-1)
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SAFETY on legal highs will be brought to life through song at a community event.

Visitors to the annual Safer Gosport Community Day can learn about the drugs and their dangers as well as finding out about other emergency services like the police and ambulance.

Young people thought there should be more education on legal highs.

Sam Mitchell, community engagement and projects officer of the Community Safety Team

The information on legal highs was added to the event after youngsters in the town were asked what they would like to see from it.

Sam Mitchell, community engagement and projects officer of the Community Safety Team, said: ‘Discussions with young people were carried out last year through Motiv8 Hub sessions and Y Health drop-ins.

‘We did a consultation through secondary schools and during the Gosport Summer Passport scheme, which showed young people thought there should be more education on legal highs.

‘Results showed 86 per cent of young people thought this and 87 per cent agreed that parents should have more awareness about the dangers too.’

To help promote the dangers of legal highs, young people’s charity Motiv8, which is based in Gosport, has been working on the songs.

Sam added: ‘A group of young people had already identified the need for raising awareness in 2013, which has developed 
into the Motiv8 Music Night project.

‘This is being developed by young people and Motiv8 with support from Gosport Community Safety Partnership and money from the Hampshire police and crime commissioner funding.’

Motiv8 will be showcasing its songs on the day, which is organised by the Gosport Community Safety Partnership.

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes is expected to be there to meet people.

The event is on High Street in Gosport on Saturday, March 14 from 11am until 2pm.