Cannabis being grown in rented properties. Police alerting landlords across the country

Police across the country are alerting british landlords to the fact that Cannabis is increasingly being grown in rented properties. Apparently Cannabis growers are taking advantage of the  property slump and renting properties at the lower end of the market to set up Cannabis factories.

This is a growing problem in areas where rental properties are cheap.

Found these useful tips on how to spot a cannabis factory

The following tips may help people identify a cannabis factory:· The windows of the property are permanently covered from the inside

· Visits to the property occur at unusual times of the day or night

· People often do not live in the premises and only visit to maintain them

· There may be a vent protruding through the roof or a rear window

· There may be a pungent smell coming from the premises

· There may be noise coming from the equipment, such as cooling fans

· A large amount of pots and lights may be moved into the premises when the factory is set up

· In terraced houses, shared walls may appear wet to the touch

· Large amounts of soil and pots in back gardens

Drug & Alcohol testing at work on the increase

Just read this article in Construction News

Rok’s employees and supply chain will face drug and alcohol tests from this autumn.

The group – which turned over more than £1 billion last year and has 60 offices across the UK – told Construction News it plans to roll out a new drug and alcohol policy which will see all of its workers face an initial round of testing, followed by sustained random checks.

Rok, which in March announced it had a secured future pipeline of work some £2.7 billion, said it wanted to weed out drug and alcohol abusers in a bid to boost site safety across the company.

Head of health and safety Shaun Davis said while the policy had not yet been finalised, it was expected to include pre-employment, random and post-incident testing. Tests could also be carried out if suspicions were raised over any specific individuals.

Click here to read the full article online at Construction News

Click here for more on info and drug and alcohol testing

Are Drug test fails in prisons coming down ?

Just read this interesting bit of news from 20/4/09 online at bbc online:

Conditions at a prison are improving with a drop in the number of inmates failing drugs test, a government report says.

Featherstone Prison near Wolverhampton is now a high performing prison, the Chief Inspector of Prisons said.

The number of drug test failures is down from between 30-35% per month in 2007 to 4%, the prison said.

The prison has recently introduced NVQs in recycling and Rugby Football Coaching qualifications.

The prison was inspected in October last year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8008999.stm

How does a drink driving conviction affect your life ?

About 10 years ago I worked with a man who received a drink driving conviction and was banned from driving for 12 months. He was a professional man and well respected in the local community, and  a car was essential for his job.

It was one of those silly things. His teenage daughter had gone out with friends into the local town for the evening, and was coming back with her friends-another parent was supposed to be picking them up. He settled in for the evening with his wife, the TV and had a few of bottles of beer. About 9pm he got a phone call from his daughter-she had a teenage crisis and needed picking up immediately. Both he and his wife had been drinking. he thought he was OK and anyway the roads were quiet, and were mainly country roads into the town.

He set off. He had not reached the town when he was stopped by a police car, who had been following him on the empty country road for some time. Although he was not aware of it, something about his driving alerted the police man. He may have been speeding as he was worried about his daughter (it was winter & dark & cold)-teenagers ! He was not aware the police car was following him until he saw the flashing blue lights-he just thought it was another car in the dark.

The police car pulled him over and he was breathalysed and found to be well over the limit. He had still not retrieved his daughter and had to ring his wife to arrange for a friend to go a pick his daughter up. (valuable lesson here-when your teenagers are out one of you should refrain from drinking that night, in case you have to retrieve them quickly)

He was taken to a police station, and given a blood test which found he was well over the limits and he was prosecuted.

How did losing his license affect his life:

  • very stressful
  • embaressing for him-having to explain to people why he could not drive
  • inconvenient-he had to wait for other people to drive him around
  • expensive-as he drove every day with his job he had to hire a full time chaffeur

These are inconveniences-imagine the affect on his lfe if he had had an accident or injured or killed someone because of his drink driving

He learned a valuable lesson, and fortunatley no one was injured.

Make sure you THINK before you drink and drive

Drink Driving & THINK

The breathalyser test was introduced on british roads in 1967, and since that time has prevented many accidents and deaths on the roads.

THINK! runs two major drink drive campaigns every year, in summer and at Christmas, using a variety of media including TV, cinema, radio, posters in pub washrooms, outdoor advertising and partnership marketing campaigns.

If you drive at twice the current legal alcohol limit, you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who has not been drinking.

The THINK! strategy for drink driving is to remind all drivers of the personal consequences of drink driving, and that a drink driving conviction can ruin your life.

Our campaigns focus on the ‘moment of doubt’ around the second pint, when drivers are considering whether or not to have another drink. 

Click here to read more about how THINK! is helping to reduce the number of road accidents caused by drink driving.

Are drink driving levels going to come down in line with Europe ?

Here is an extract from an article in The Times 21/4/09

 Britain used to have Europe’s safest roads. No longer. Over the past six years the Netherlands and Sweden have been able to boast of lower road death rates and more success in cutting the number of drink-related crashes. What has not changed is the British legal limit for drink-driving, which stands at 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood despite two abandoned efforts by the Government to bring it down in line with European norms.

A third effort is announced today. It deserves to survive the journey to the statute book.

Click here to read the full article online