EXCLUSIVE: Home Sec Tells TBG 'I Want to Ban Legal Highs'.

Home Secretary Theresa May has exclusively told TBG that she wants a "blanket ban" on legal highs.

Speaking in Portsmouth whilst on a visit to campaign with the Conservative Flick Drummond, the Home Secretary told TBG:

"We are looking to work on a blanket ban based on the sort Ireland has to make enforcement easier.”

“The problem is we can ban a substance and the people making it then slightly tweak the compound, and because we have banned that compound the next set is not covered by that ban."

"So we are looking at a different approach based on the impact they have on the brain.”

“We saw this was an issue when we came into government and took early intervention to deal with it through introducing temporary banning orders so that it was possible to act more quickly against these substances, rather than wait for the full expert opinion first.”

"We have taken a preventative strategy and introduced temporary banning orders and as a result 500 substances have been banned but we want to look further."

The news comes as Portsmouth is set to become only second city in country to enforce a legal highs ban.

The first city to enforce a ban which came into force recently was Lincoln.

Under the new rules, police in Lincoln have the power to confiscate the substances from anyone thought to have taken them.

Breaking the order is a criminal offence which could lead to an on-the-spot penalty or a fine from the courts.

Conservative Candidate for Lincoln Karl McCartney told TBG: "For years, I have been liaising with Lincolnshire Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP), a charity in Lincoln that provides housing and support services to vulnerable young people at risk, and other constituents who have been concerned about the effects of these substances."

"I made Ministers at the Home Office and the Department of Health aware of our concerns and have sought updates from local partners such as Lincolnshire Police and the City of Lincoln Council who I know have done their utmost to address the problem as best they can within the law."