The Courier today has a front-page spread about current events concerning Partay Patrol and the controversial substances that are on sale there. The article that appeared in the Nairnshire alerted the community to what was on sale in the shop and highlighted the very serious concerns of parents, their article too pointed out that the authorities were powerless to do anything. It was something that needed saying at the time and the Community were grateful for the investigative journalism of Iain Ramage.
At the River Community Council meeting on Wednesday night the subject was discussed at length and Sgt Erskine of the Northern Constabulary responded as best he could to questions from the floor of the meeting. One concern raised was that there was anecdotal evidence that people are starting to come to Nairn just to visit this shop, and that any publicity in the future would simply encourage that trend, although word of mouth too also has its own dynamic it had to be admitted.
One wonders now if anyone from Inverness will read today's front page Courier piece and head through to purchase a sachet of "legal highs". The Courier also has an editorial: "Time to take 'legal highs' off the shelves" which takes a strong moral standpoint. Of course the Courier has a right to report the issue, the cat is out of the bag so to speak as regards to Partay Patrol and it probably won't be long before it appears in the Scottish editions of national newspapers. The recent theft from the shop appeared on the BBC site and was re-tweeted by some on that particular social network, sometimes with frivolous comments added about our town. The Courier has some information however that illustrates the potential of the trade in legal highs. They state that "500 packets of herbal incense, some costing £25, and identified by police as legal highs..." were stolen.
The Courier has moralised in the editorial, the article may help sell a few newspapers. also alert many parents, but it may also inadvertently help the shopkeeper sell a few more of his products.