Police chief hits out at middle-class drug users

Police chief hits out at middle-class drug users who are ‘more worried about the supply line of the coffee they drink than the cocaine they use’

  • David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire, made the claims 
  • He said that middle class drug users see recreational drugs as ‘victimless crime’
  • The commissioner’s comments echo those made my Cressida Dick last month 
  • He added that people are more concerned about where their coffee comes from 

David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire slammed middle class drug users

A police chief has slammed middle-class drug users, claiming they are more worried about the supply line of the coffee they drink than the cocaine they use.

David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire, made the comments as he gave evidence to a House of Commons inquiry on serious violence.

He told the Home Affairs committee: ‘One of the real issues we’ve got at the moment is around use of drugs.

‘Frankly, the middle classes who are really concerned about their fair trade coffee, and what the supply line of that is, don’t seem to have the same concern around the cocaine that they take.’

Taking cocaine is ‘not victimless’, Mr Lloyd said, adding: ‘Organised crime groups are using violence to enforce an unlawful market.’

His remarks echo those of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, who previously said that middle class cocaine users worry about issues like the environment and fair trade but believe there is ‘no harm’ in taking drugs.

London mayor Sadiq Khan and Justice Secretary David Gauke have also made similar comments.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said recently that a Government review into the ways drugs are fuelling serious violence will bring home to middle-class drug users that they are part of the problem.

He added: ‘They may never set foot in a deprived area. They may never see an act of serious violence, but their illicit habits are adding fuel to the fire that is engulfing our communities.’

The issue has come under intense scrutiny recently, following a rise in murder and knife crime in London and across the country.   

LBC’s Nick Ferrari (left) asked Met Police Chief Cressida Dick about the link between recreational drug use and crime and she said that middle-class users of Class A substances have ‘blood on their hands’

Figures published last year indicated that cocaine use among people from wealthier homes in England and Wales was at its highest in nearly a decade.

In 2017/18, 3.4 per cent of 16 to 59-year-olds living in households with an income of at least £50,000 reported taking the drug in powder form during the last year. 

The percentage was the highest recorded since 2008. 

Dame Louise Casey, a former senior official who left the civil service after 18 years in 2017, said the Government’s strategy for tackling serious violence is ‘woefully inadequate’ and ‘not a match for what we are dealing with’.

Dame Louise, whose previous roles include independent commissioner for victims and witnesses of crime, said: ‘Somebody somewhere has to say ”we need to draw a line in the sand” and work out how we go forward across the whole of society and across the whole of government.’

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