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Shoplifting junkie tests new 'cure'.

A drug-abusing shoplifter yesterday became the first criminal in Britain sentenced to a pioneering treatment programme aimed at ending his habit and criminal career. Prison failed to reform unemployed John Nimmo, but probation officers believe he could be the first of many criminals "cured" by a Drug Treatment and Testing Order, being piloted in three areas under the Crime and Disorder Act. Under the order Nimmo (27), of Croydon, south London, faces two to three random drug tests a week while he takes part in the 18-month programme. If he fails a test or does not continue the treatment, his case will be referred back to Croydon magistrates. They imposed the order after being told Nimmo was abusing a variety of drugs and had an extensive criminal record. The sentence has been welcomed by the Chief Probation Officers' Association, which believes the results of the pilot scheme will justify launching it across the country in 18 months' time.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 18, 1998
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