Heroin user caught injecting in Newport street

Heroin user caught injecting in Newport street

Heroin user caught injecting in Newport street

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A DRUG user caught injecting heroin in the street has been given a community order.

Laura Hunt, 23, of York House, Newport, had already been sentenced for 30 offences and served time for shoplifiting in March, a court heard.

Hunt threw her heroin-filled syringe as police responded to a report of people taking drugs in Rosslyn Road, Newport, on Tuesday, magistrates were told.

The jobless mum later said she had only taken the drug for the last two weeks but admitted to having had a “serious drug problem” before going to prison, Newport magistrates heard on Wednesday.

Her solicitor, Alan Bolder, said she had moved to Newport after suffering domestic abuse in the Midlands.

She is currently on methadone and has received the support of the substance abuse charity Kaleidoscope, the court heard.

Police analysed the substance in the syringe and found it was diamorphine.

Hunt pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a class A drug.

Crown prosecutor Rob Simkins said she had committed 30 offences mainly for dishonesty, but stressed this was her first for drugs.

She was released from prison in May after service a six-week prison sentence for two shoplifting offences.

Newport magistrate Paul Webb said the offence was “serious enough” to impose a community order. She was given a nine-month order including supervision, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. The drug must be forfeited and destroyed.

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11:11am Sat 19 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".
Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport". KarloMarko
  • Score: -17

1:26pm Sat 19 Jul 14

disgruntled taxpayer says...

the answer to this case is close York House , why should all the junkies , thiefs , illegal immigrants , thugs and criminals be dumped on Newport , send them back to their place of birth !!!
the answer to this case is close York House , why should all the junkies , thiefs , illegal immigrants , thugs and criminals be dumped on Newport , send them back to their place of birth !!! disgruntled taxpayer
  • Score: 62

2:44pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".
Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".[/p][/quote]Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Abertillery29 says...

Does the magistrate honestly think that a community order is going to change this convicted criminals way of life? Never mind though by importing more low life its keeping our criminal defence lawyers gainfully employed.
Does the magistrate honestly think that a community order is going to change this convicted criminals way of life? Never mind though by importing more low life its keeping our criminal defence lawyers gainfully employed. Abertillery29
  • Score: 27

4:29pm Sat 19 Jul 14

displayed says...

Soon b back on the streets.............
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Soon b back on the streets............. ......... displayed
  • Score: 15

5:22pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brunette23 says...

mum? where was the child/children at this/these times? in prison for 6 weeks & still come out housed
mum? where was the child/children at this/these times? in prison for 6 weeks & still come out housed brunette23
  • Score: 20

6:32pm Sat 19 Jul 14

regaturn says...

All pretty much a waste of time and resources. Community order-What a joke!
All pretty much a waste of time and resources. Community order-What a joke! regaturn
  • Score: 19

11:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children.
Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 14

7:08am Sun 20 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children.
you must be joking if you suggest shes the victim .we are the victims ,having to suffer this dirty vermin on our streets on a daily basis .Throwing their dirty disease riddled needles on to the streets and out robbing houses etc on a daily basis .create a foreign legion type army base it out in some far away desert and consign vermin like this to a 5 yr stint with out parole its the only way to clear it of the streets
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children.[/p][/quote]you must be joking if you suggest shes the victim .we are the victims ,having to suffer this dirty vermin on our streets on a daily basis .Throwing their dirty disease riddled needles on to the streets and out robbing houses etc on a daily basis .create a foreign legion type army base it out in some far away desert and consign vermin like this to a 5 yr stint with out parole its the only way to clear it of the streets jimmysmith
  • Score: 17

11:12am Sun 20 Jul 14

Charlie1501 says...

One word.......Pathetic.
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One word.......Pathetic. ..... Charlie1501
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
KarloMarko wrote:
Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".
Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up.
Peculiarly, some were on here telling us that fining cyclists is a priority.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".[/p][/quote]Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up.[/p][/quote]Peculiarly, some were on here telling us that fining cyclists is a priority. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 4

12:51pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Newport2014 says...

Tackle the underlying problems in this broken society and a crackdown on drugs. More effort should be focused on domestic abuse looking after and protecting single mums from going down the route of drugs.
Tackle the underlying problems in this broken society and a crackdown on drugs. More effort should be focused on domestic abuse looking after and protecting single mums from going down the route of drugs. Newport2014
  • Score: -2

8:20pm Sun 20 Jul 14

welshmen says...

Legalise all drugs class A B C D, how long will it take to make the move, these people need help, if help is not given we all suffer, the addicts need a fix every day to stay normal, they steal of anyone for money, I doubt anyone on here hasn't been stolen from or know someone who has, the Police can't stop the drugs abuse, with the Police Force for ever getting smaller what chance is there realistically to stop the abuse of drugs and their by product thieving off us or anyone....
Legalise all drugs class A B C D, how long will it take to make the move, these people need help, if help is not given we all suffer, the addicts need a fix every day to stay normal, they steal of anyone for money, I doubt anyone on here hasn't been stolen from or know someone who has, the Police can't stop the drugs abuse, with the Police Force for ever getting smaller what chance is there realistically to stop the abuse of drugs and their by product thieving off us or anyone.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

9:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Practicalmickey says...

welshmen wrote:
Legalise all drugs class A B C D, how long will it take to make the move, these people need help, if help is not given we all suffer, the addicts need a fix every day to stay normal, they steal of anyone for money, I doubt anyone on here hasn't been stolen from or know someone who has, the Police can't stop the drugs abuse, with the Police Force for ever getting smaller what chance is there realistically to stop the abuse of drugs and their by product thieving off us or anyone....
This isn't the only benefit of legalising drugs, here's a few
Control drug quality and distribution - no more drug dealers, gangs an drug overdoses!
Wet houses - no more drugs on the street.
Provide help to those who want out.
It'll be a taxable business and likely self funding, not all drug users are smack heads on the street.
Most importantly it'll take the power from the criminal organisations importing the drug at the higher level which is an international problem.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Legalise all drugs class A B C D, how long will it take to make the move, these people need help, if help is not given we all suffer, the addicts need a fix every day to stay normal, they steal of anyone for money, I doubt anyone on here hasn't been stolen from or know someone who has, the Police can't stop the drugs abuse, with the Police Force for ever getting smaller what chance is there realistically to stop the abuse of drugs and their by product thieving off us or anyone....[/p][/quote]This isn't the only benefit of legalising drugs, here's a few Control drug quality and distribution - no more drug dealers, gangs an drug overdoses! Wet houses - no more drugs on the street. Provide help to those who want out. It'll be a taxable business and likely self funding, not all drug users are smack heads on the street. Most importantly it'll take the power from the criminal organisations importing the drug at the higher level which is an international problem. Practicalmickey
  • Score: 8

7:57am Mon 21 Jul 14

Hevsym says...

jimmysmith wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children.
you must be joking if you suggest shes the victim .we are the victims ,having to suffer this dirty vermin on our streets on a daily basis .Throwing their dirty disease riddled needles on to the streets and out robbing houses etc on a daily basis .create a foreign legion type army base it out in some far away desert and consign vermin like this to a 5 yr stint with out parole its the only way to clear it of the streets
Theres plenty of people who have not had the best start in life, theres many who have lost their families for one reason or another, there are many, many who have brought themselves up/been victims of some kind of abuse/suffered in some way, that have never become drug users or began the road to theft or dishonesty crimes. I know so many people who used their awful past to become strong human beings. I know different people react in different ways but please don't excuse people's disgusting behaviour on the fact that they were victims. We are each responsible for our behaviour, and a long criminal record shows that nothing has been learnt along the way. Injecting in public is disgusting and there is no excuse, nor any excuse for theft and dishonesty. I am really sorry that this girl had an abusing partner, but so have thousands of women including me, and we have used the experience to make us stronger rather than robbed other people or showed children how to inject drugs into our vein.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Must be awfully difficult to give up a drug habit like that once you're hooked. Although what she was doing was clearly illegal, it sounds like she had a really tough past and that she's the victim in this story and has been harming herself as opposed to other people. At least she's now made the first step towards changing her life for the better by admitting that she has a drugs problem. I hope that she turns her life around not only for her own sake but for that of her children.[/p][/quote]you must be joking if you suggest shes the victim .we are the victims ,having to suffer this dirty vermin on our streets on a daily basis .Throwing their dirty disease riddled needles on to the streets and out robbing houses etc on a daily basis .create a foreign legion type army base it out in some far away desert and consign vermin like this to a 5 yr stint with out parole its the only way to clear it of the streets[/p][/quote]Theres plenty of people who have not had the best start in life, theres many who have lost their families for one reason or another, there are many, many who have brought themselves up/been victims of some kind of abuse/suffered in some way, that have never become drug users or began the road to theft or dishonesty crimes. I know so many people who used their awful past to become strong human beings. I know different people react in different ways but please don't excuse people's disgusting behaviour on the fact that they were victims. We are each responsible for our behaviour, and a long criminal record shows that nothing has been learnt along the way. Injecting in public is disgusting and there is no excuse, nor any excuse for theft and dishonesty. I am really sorry that this girl had an abusing partner, but so have thousands of women including me, and we have used the experience to make us stronger rather than robbed other people or showed children how to inject drugs into our vein. Hevsym
  • Score: 14

4:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Jimport says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
KarloMarko wrote:
Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".
Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up.
Peculiarly, some were on here telling us that fining cyclists is a priority.
I can't recall a discussion of someone injecting opiates in the street during the cycling fine debate?
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, as we were proudly saying only a few days ago..."the footfall is up in Newport".[/p][/quote]Peculiarly, some were on here telling us this kind of behaviour on Newport's streets was being made up.[/p][/quote]Peculiarly, some were on here telling us that fining cyclists is a priority.[/p][/quote]I can't recall a discussion of someone injecting opiates in the street during the cycling fine debate? Jimport
  • Score: -5

5:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

nptboi says...

Education is the answer, educate these people take them to a secure phsyciatric unit and show them what happens if they take drugs, believe me if that does not stop them then nothing will. i am saying this because i work in a secure setting and look after people who are mentally insane from taking drugs and they stand there talking to the wall all day, they don't even know what time of day it is, most of them end up doubly incontinent. so if that sight of what could happen to them don't make them give up drugs then nothing will, dishing out court orders and fines is a joke because they never pay the fines because they got to spend their money on their next fix.
Education is the answer, educate these people take them to a secure phsyciatric unit and show them what happens if they take drugs, believe me if that does not stop them then nothing will. i am saying this because i work in a secure setting and look after people who are mentally insane from taking drugs and they stand there talking to the wall all day, they don't even know what time of day it is, most of them end up doubly incontinent. so if that sight of what could happen to them don't make them give up drugs then nothing will, dishing out court orders and fines is a joke because they never pay the fines because they got to spend their money on their next fix. nptboi
  • Score: 1

4:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

thatcherslovechild says...

Make the punishment for drug use more draconian. Longer prison sentences and anyone who does it whilst their children around children into care.
Make the punishment for drug use more draconian. Longer prison sentences and anyone who does it whilst their children around children into care. thatcherslovechild
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

Well, consider me shocked! The usual good and the righteous have popped their heads out to pontificate.
Well, consider me shocked! The usual good and the righteous have popped their heads out to pontificate. mrleebob
  • Score: 0

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