Drugs find sparks danger fears - The Evesham Observer

Drugs find sparks danger fears

Evesham Editorial 26th Jul, 2019   0

AN ANTI-LITTER chief has called for more to be done to tackle drug-taking at a popular Evesham park used by children after volunteer pickers once again discovered needles and syringes.

Bruce Taylor made the call after the latest effort from volunteers in the town’s anti litter group once again found evidence of drug taking amongst the pickings from the park on Davies Road, this time the small plastic packets used to distribute amphetamines, known as ‘E’s’.

Speaking to the Observer, Mr Taylor said the worrying find had become a feature of litter picks in and around Charity Brook Park which also discovered fly-tipped rubbish in two separate places, close to the currently closed unused BMX park.

“We need much more information in the public arena regarding the extent of the local problem. Each time the group picks, we find this stuff, it is therefore a danger to children and adults and to pets,” he said.

The campaigner encouraged local residents to contact the police and Wychavon District Council should they discover such items and confirmed he had contacted the authority to pick up the bag of drug paraphernalia.

“The location had discarded clothes, litter, medical dressings, needles, packets and syringes. In this case someone has slept rough under a tree injecting him or herself,” Mr Taylor said.

“I am told methadone is dispensed at a chemist? Does this mean that this person is taking heroin?”

Amanda Smith, community safety lead for Wychavon District Council, said: “We are aware of this issue and our community safety team is working with police and other partners such as Swanswell, the drug and alcohol recovery service, on targeted prevention measures.”

Anyone who spots syringes on public land should not attempt to pick them up but visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/report-it

Anyone with information on drug taking or dealing in the town is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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