Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Afghanistan secures $8.2bn in aid

Afghanistan has secured promises from donor nations of $8.2bn (£4.5bn) in aid over the next three years.

More than half the money has been promised for 2004, said Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.

The war torn country also agreed to work hard to stamp out drug production during a meeting with donors in Berlin.

"Like terrorism, [drugs] is a global menace and requires cooperation and global support, said Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Pc's killer 'failed drug tests'

A drug addict jailed for killing a police dog handler should have been returned to prison for failing drug tests, a report has revealed.
David Parfitt, 26, was jailed for 13 years in December 2003 for the manslaughter of Pc Ged Walker.

The report said his probation officer wrongly accepted his excuses for breaching the terms of his release.

Parfitt failed 10 drug tests out of 19 after he was placed on a tagging scheme following his early release.

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The Home Office report by HM Inspector of Probation, Professor Rod Morgan, said his probation officer should have ordered Parfitt's recall in September 2002, but continued to show "inappropriate leniency" for a further three months.

Pariftt once told her that he had missed a drug test because he was "feeling unwell as he had been smoking heroin really heavily".

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Homes boarded up in drugs fight

Magistrates have used new powers for the first time to order two houses to be boarded up to prevent them from being used as crack dens.

The magistrates in Reading, Berkshire, granted the closure notices following a request from Thames Valley Police under the Anti-social Behaviour Act.

The properties are in Ivydene Road and George Street off the Oxford Road.

A number of crack houses have already been closed down in the area as part of the ongoing Operation Eightfold.

The operation was launched to crack down on prostitution and drug-dealing that has been blighting residents lives in the area.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Police seize drugs worth £35,500

More than 60 people have been arrested during a month-long police operation in south Worcestershire.

Illegal drugs including heroin and crack cocaine with a street value of £35,500 were also seized during Operation Angel.

Forty-five officers working on the initiative also confiscated £60,000 worth of property.

Several addresses were raided during the initiative which targeted drug-related offences.