Middle-class drug users will get text message warnings from the police as part of a crackdown on crime to be unveiled today.
The new tactics will see detectives directly contact the phones of users whose numbers are found on drug dealers’ mobiles.
Additional powers will also be introduced to allow the authorities to seize passports and driving licences from middle-class users whose habits fuel the trade.
Writing in the Daily Mail today, Priti Patel warns that repeat offenders could even be placed on home curfews.
The Home Secretary says ministers are determined to curb demand from ‘recreational users’, such as students and middle-class professionals. ‘Their actions are directly leading to an increase in violent crime and people dying – but they pay no price. That will change,’ she writes.
‘We will bring down the harshest possible legal sanctions and consequences for these drug users. Including criminal sanctions, fines, curfews, compulsory drug awareness courses and the removal of their passports.’
Writing in the Daily Mail today, Priti Patel warns that repeat offenders could even be placed on home curfews
UK Parliament of Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle alongside sniffer detection dog Poppy inside the House of Commons
The moves are part of a law and order package that will also involve:£145million in funding to help the police smash the county lines drugs gangs bringing misery to towns and cities across the country. Changes to allow all rape victims to give evidence by video link to drive up woeful prosecution rates. Drug testing of those serving community service for drug offences, with the option of jail for those caught abusing banned substances. Additional support for drug treatment centres to help wean addicts off their habits and rebuild their lives. Publication of new crime ‘scorecards’ designed to identify weaknesses