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Cocaine sales ‘to hit record numbers this week’ as punters return to pubs

Cocaine sales are to hit record levels this week as punters return to pubs, it has been claimed.

Dealers have been asking customers to book in advance and refusing to make small delivery orders, the Metro reports.

David, a salesman from Birmingham, told of his dealer’s demands when he asked if he would be around on Monday afternoon.

West Midlands Police have been contacted for comment.

David said: "I couldn’t believe it when he told me I would have to book a slot on Monday because he is going to be so busy.

"And then he told me he would not bother dropping anything off lower than two grammes, which is £80, this is shaping up to be one of the most expensive Mondays of my life already, but I can’t wait to be out with my mates on the lash again.

"I can’t really have cocaine at home because I live with my missus and kids so I can’t wait to get out the house and blow the money I’ve saved in lockdown."

In January, it emerged young cocaine users are to be targeted by the Government in a bid to persuade them the drug is as “uncool and unpopular”.

Powdered cocaine use among those aged 16 to 24 quadrupled from 1.3 per cent in the mid-1990s to more than one in 20 (5.3 per cent) in the year ending March 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Telegraph reported Dr Emily Finch, a Government adviser and a Royal College of Psychiatrists lead on addiction, was preparing a report for Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, on cocaine use among the young in a bid to reverse the spiralling numbers taking the drug.

"It is exploring why and how younger people use drugs like powdered cocaine and properly looking at how we can examine that," she said.

Birmingham cocaine dealer ‘Pops’ told the news site that he is expecting the busiest week since England’s heroics in the World Cup in 2018.

A Midlands dealer further up the supply chain confirmed he had seen a spike in sales in the last week.

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Salons and pubs wasted no time opening their doors for customers as Brits flocked to them just after covid-19 restrictions eased at midnight.

Today (April 12) marks the first time salons and hairdressers are able to treat customers since the country entered its third national lockdown in early January on the back of a new wave of Covid infections.

Pub gardens and restaurants are now also allowed to welcome customers, along with indoor gyms, swimming pools and shops deemed non-essential.

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One of the beauty companies delivering midnight services was Secret Spa, which offers at-home salon and spa treatments at home across London, Manchester and Brighton.

Once the clock struck twelve, co-owner Emily Ewart-Perks, alongside hairstylist Nas Ganev and tan artist Magdelaine Gibson, visited a home in Balham, south London to offer their long-awaited services to clients Amy Pallister and Isabella Robinson.

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Ms Ewart-Perks said: "It's so amazing. It's just been such a long time coming. I know that our therapists are just so happy to be working with clients again.

"Everyone has really missed the social contact of the day-to-day job and making clients happy. We haven't been able to do that for the best part of five-to-six months."

For Ms Ewart-Perks, the reopening announcement was initially met with a measure of apprehension.

She said: "When Boris made the announcement that close contact beauty therapy could go ahead.

"I think a lot of people had been waiting for the news, just to be 100% sure, because the last reopening from lockdown we were given dates and then the dates were delayed."

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