THE Police and Crime Commissioner John  Dwyer has welcomed new powers being brought in to tackle legal highs.

Last month he spoke out about the challenges Cheshire Police face when dealing with such drugs and under the change those selling legal highs could face action.

Mr Dwyer said: "I’m glad that ministers are taking action. This is a national problem, and I think it’s paramount that we take the bottom out of the market and stop it. The results of legal highs have major implications on the police and health service, as well as the people who use them. 

"The people who sell these products, are in my mind, no better than drug dealers. I welcome the introduction of these new powers which could see those selling legal highs facing the same consequences as those who sell illegal drugs."