GMP Bolton and partner agencies seize thousands of suspected illegal vapes, as NHS issues warning

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Bolton West’s Neighbourhood Team and the Council’s Licensing and Trading Standards services have seized 2800 suspected illegal vapes.

The vapes, estimated to be worth £20,000, were seized during a day of action planned in response to medical incidents in the borough.

The three incidents at a local high school are believed to be linked to the use of illegal vapes – those involved have made full recoveries.

Sergeant Jodie Ireland, from the Bolton Neighbourhood Prevention Hub, said: “The details of these incidents came into us via the School Engagement Officer, who was able to take a small quantity of vapes found on the premises for testing at police headquarters.

“As well as liaising with Licensing and Trading Standards to plan days of action, we are working with specialist colleagues to develop an input which can be delivered to young people to raise their awareness of illegal vapes and the potential side effects of using them.”

Bolton Commander Chief Superintendent Steph Parker said: “The incidents at the school are concerning but we are working hard with colleagues and partners, including school staff and the council, to try to ensure these incidents aren’t replicated in Bolton or elsewhere.

“Health colleagues have already issued a warning in relation to illegal vapes which may produce a highly toxic gas but our conjoined efforts to keep people safe don’t stop there and this day of action and these seizures are just one example of ongoing hard work.”

If you have used a THC or cannabis oil vape, monitor yourself for symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health using 111 Online or dialling 999 in an emergency.

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