‘Beautiful’ and ‘bubbly’ pharmacy worker, 20, died from overdose after finding out that her boyfriend had been cheating

Manchester Evening News | 11th May 2021

“Victoria wasn’t an habitual drug taker, she smoked weed like a lot of young people do.

“A lot of young people think it doesn’t affect them in any way, shape or form but it does. It alters their personality and behaviour.”

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/beautiful-bubbly-pharmacy-worker-20-20568045

Filed under ‘Suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm’.

‘Dangerous offender’ jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl after plying her with cannabis and alcohol

Bradford Telegraph & Argus | 10th May 2021

Anthony Webster was today sentenced at Bradford Crown Court for sexual activity with a child, attacking a man in a pub and growing £7,457 of cannabis at his home.

Webster did not start the attack in the pub and the cannabis crop was to feed his own habit. He had been a regular user of the drug for many years.

Judge Davey jailed Webster for 13 years for sexually abusing the girl, with two years to run consecutively for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, making 15 years in all. The cannabis sentence was concurrent.

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19291318.dangerous-offender-jailed-sexually-abusing-teenage-girl-plying-cannabis-alcohol/

Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.

Peter Hitchens: Was the Tate Modern attacker driven mad by drugs? Don’t you dare ask!

Mail on Sunday | 9th May 2021

Two questions arose. How had he become unhinged in the first place? Individual madness is quite rare but it is a sad fact that a growing number of children are introduced to marijuana at younger and younger ages and become permanently mentally ill as a result.

Irish psychiatrists last week reported that marijuana is the ‘gravest threat’ to the mental health of young people in that country. The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland said a combination of ever-stronger strains of the drug and a common public belief that it is harmless (the same idiocy is widespread here) has had ‘devastating effects’.

I’ll say. Hardly a day goes by without my friend Ross Grainger adding another hideous case of violence committed by supposedly peaceful dope-smokers to his ‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis’ website.

https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2021/05/peter-hitchens-was-the-tate-modern-attacker-driven-mad-by-drugs-dont-you-dare-ask.html

Dad ‘threw 11-month-old son into river believing baby was turning into devil’

Daily Mirror | 24th Nov. 2020

The court heard the defendant had suffered from mental health problems throughout his life and at 17 was sectioned and diagnosed with psychosis related to cannabis use.

Mr Hall said: “His early life was punctuated with exposures to violence and cannabis use.”

He began a relationship with Miss Blood in 2016 and in October 2018 Zakari, their first son, was born.

Mr Hall said, following Zakari’s birth, the couple argued and Bennett-Eko began to miss GP appointments and started consuming cannabis again.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-threw-11-month-old-23061122

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.

Mold man jailed after cutting victim to the bone in machete attack

Leader | 26th April 2021

A MOLD man who cut his victim to the bone in a machete attack had been “smoking huge amounts of cannabis,” a court heard.

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19259823.mold-man-jailed-cutting-victim-bone-machete-attack/

Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’

Teenager killed his father and attacked his mother after taking drugs and playing violent video games

An appalling story which, despite occurring nearly ten years ago, I have only discovered today (24th April 2021). As I point out in my book, the cases I have amassed, which now run into the thousands, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Daily Mail
20th July, 2012

A teenager who stabbed his father to death and injured his mother in their bedhad been detained indefinitely after it emerged that drugs and violent video games had ‘contributed’ to his mental illness.

Jordan Ryan from Blackburn, Lancashire, who is was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, had been playing a violent video game and also smoked cannabis and taken ‘bubble’ – a street nickname for mephedrone – on the night he fatally knifed Neil Ryan, 46, and injured his mother Deborah, 41.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176605/Teenager-killed-father-attacked-mother-taking-drugs-playing-violent-video-games.html

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.

Dad-to-be killed in crossbow attack over eviction threat

BBC News
12th April 2021

The court heard Ms Sugden had complained to police and alerted the letting agency about “horrendous” cannabis fumes emanating from Lawrence’s house which entered her daughter’s bedroom, aggravating her asthma.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-56724316

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.

Cannabis addict obsessed with serial killings who stabbed two elderly women jailed

Daily Mirror | 8th Jan. 2021

A cannabis addict obsessed with stabbings and serial killings has been jailed for life after he knifed two lone elderly women in alleyway attacks.

Jayden Hayes attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after he had been released on bail by magistrates following other alleged offences.

Judge Alan Conrad QC said: “This is a chilling case, in which you Jayden Hayes brought terror to the Oldham area and a case which demonstrates the effect that cannabis can have on a person’s mental health causing in you a psychosis which rendered you dangerous in the extreme.

“During this period you indulged in an obsession in stabbings and serial killing by making searches on the internet.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-thug-who-stabbed-pensioner-23275756

Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.

Cannabis turned my lovely boyfriend into a violent monster

Hull Daily Mail | 21st Dec. 2020

A Hull mum whose partner broke her daughter’s arm has told how cannabis turned him into a violent monster.

The woman feared for her life as her partner attacked her and her two-year-old daughter “out of the blue”.

“It [the attack] just came out of nowhere. He has been smoking weed a lot recently and it was getting ridiculous, it was every single day. When he didn’t have it he was really horrible and would shake and speak to me like rubbish but as soon as he had it he was really nice. He had had some this day.”

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/cannabis-turned-boyfriend-violent-monster-4812420

Two stories, one month apart

‘UK rapper Black the Ripper’s cause of death confirmed’

‘Today (June 7) a statement was posted on West’s official social media channels from his family, who confirmed that an autopsy had now been carried out.

“Our beloved son Dean died from a sudden heart attack,” they wrote.

‘[The 32-year-old] was also known for his campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK.’

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Smoking weed ‘raises risk of irregular heart rate, heart failure and heart attacks’

‘Smoking cannabis puts people at a higher risk of heart failure and heart attacks, warns a new study.’

Drug user battered stranger’s skull with violent hammer blows

Derby Telegraph | 28th July, 2020 |

A drug user who was smoking £40 of cannabis a day carried out a terrifying and unprovoked hammer attack on a total stranger in the street.

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/drug-user-battered-strangers-skull-4361710

‘Man took his mother’s car after she refused him drug money’

Northern Echo | 3rd June, 2020

Neil Bennett, mitigating, said Bloomfield knows his behaviour to his mother was “inexcusable”, while his driving was, “clearly reckless”, and it was only fortunate that no-one was injured.

Mr Bennett said Bloomfield began taking cannabis at the age of 20 and it led to him losing his job as an hgv mechanic.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18491597.man-took-mothers-car-refused-drug-money/

‘Partner stabbed in face by drunken girlfriend as she shouted ‘I’ll f***ing kill you”

Northern Echo | 4th June, 2020

The violent argument erupted after 25-year-old Cooper and her partner had spent they day drinking before returning home and smoking cannabis on April 25.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18493767.partner-stabbed-face-drunken-girlfriend-shouted-ill-f-ing-kill-you/

‘Killer caught brazenly smoking cannabis in front of police is spared prison’

Greenock Telegraph | 14th April, 2020 |

A CONVICTED killer caught brazenly smoking cannabis in front of police in the street has been spared prison because it was his first offence in five months since his release from his last jail term.

Stephen Shields — who was most recently locked up for a vicious head-kicking assault on a woman — was puffing on a joint in Port Glasgow’s Oronsay Avenue, when patrol officers spotted him.

Shields, 38, stubbed it out on the ground and then obstructed officers from carrying out a drug search by placing a piece of cannabis resin in his mouth and swallowing it.

He was previously sentenced to six years imprisonment for carrying out a fatal stabbing in the Port’s Rona Avenue in 2003.

Prosecutor Frankie Morgan said of Shields’ latest offences, committed on January 23: “This was 10.30am when police on patrol observed the accused at the locus, which is a residential area.

“Officers saw him smoking what appeared to be a reefer and there was a smell of cannabis.

“The accused was detained for a search.

“He was asked to put the joint out.

“He bent over and stubbed it on the ground and handed it to an officer.

“As he did so, he removed an item from his pocket, placed it in his mouth and swallowed it.

“The accused stated, ‘It was just a bit for a joint — I should have given it to you’.”

Shields pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin and to intentionally obstructing three police officers.

His not guilty plea to a charge of struggling violently with the PCs was accepted.

Shields, formally of Port Glasgow but now residing in Inverkip Street, Greenock, was also jailed in 2011 for a brutal baseball attack on a man.

He served his latest sentence last year after being found guilty of savagely punching and booting a woman in the Port’s Pladda Avenue.

Shields punched her on the head, caused her to fall to the ground, sat on top of her, seized her throat, repeatedly punched her on the body and kicked her on the head, all to her injury.

In 2003 he stabbed William Lyall, who was dating his sister at the time, twice — severing one of his arteries and causing him to bleed to death.

Sheriff Lindsay Kooner noted that there has been ‘nothing since his release from custody last August’.

The sheriff fined Shields a total of £385 for the cannabis offences.

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/18372684.killer-caught-brazenly-smoking-cannabis-front-police-spared-prison/

‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis’ now in print

I am pleased to announce that Attacker Smoked Cannabis: Suicide and Psychopathic Violence in the UK & Ireland is now available: ‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis: Suicide and Psychopathic Violence in the UK and Ireland’

Amongst the reviews is this from author and Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens:

I have read this book…and recommend it very highly. I should note that in an article on the dangers of Marijuana legalisation in The Times… (25/11/2019) Clare Foges commends the work which has led to its publication. Mr Grainger (whom I know) has worked very hard and diligently to compile details of material which is reported locally but not nationally. He has done a public service. 30 years ago many of the horrific crimes he recounts would have featured in national newspapers and on national broadcast bulletins. But the growth in such violence has meant that such events are no longer as exceptional as they once were, and so made them less prominent in national coverage. That does not mean they are not important. They are very important indeed. The correlation between marijuana use and serious violence is strong and notable, appears [to] be meaningful (as there is also a correlation between marijuana use and mental illness) and should plainly be investigated properly to see if it is causal. Nobody, aware of the facts Mr Grainger has collected, could possibly support Marijuana legalisation until this link has been properly investigated and either confirmed or dismissed by research. The information he has compiled is extremely important and has also been submitted in book form to the current Government inquiry into drugs and violence led by Professor Dame Carol Black. The material is extremely disturbing, and paints a picture of modern Britain which is deeply distressing yet not much reflected in the literature or public discussions of the day. Anyone who reads it will benefit from the knowledge it contains. I very much hope it achieves widespread circulation, and recommend it without reservation.

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