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'