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Young offenders face compulsory drug tests

PUBLISHED July 28, 2004

Offenders as young as 14 are to be drug tested under new plans to be announced by ministers today.

Under the pilot scheme for adults, people suspected of property crime such as theft and burglary are tested for heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine when police charged them. Children aged 14 and over will now be tested for the same drugs when they are charged with property theft.