Drugs investigation: ‘Robust checks’ at courts aim to safeguard public

YEP reporters John Blow and Georgina Morris found evidence of cocaine use in the toilets at Leeds Crown Court.
YEP reporters John Blow and Georgina Morris found evidence of cocaine use in the toilets at Leeds Crown Court.

Traces of cocaine were detected in the women’s toilets at Leeds Crown Court, despite all visitors and staff having to pass security checks including bag searches.

An HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokeswoman said: “We take security extremely seriously which is why robust checks are carried out at all courts across the country to safeguard the public and prevent illegal activity taking place on court premises.

“Public areas in all courts are patrolled regularly and police are immediately notified of anyone carrying out illegal activities, including those found to be using or carrying illegal drugs.”

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