Newport resident picks up 50 ‘drug’ bags
4:51pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Gwent news
MORE than 50 bags, thought to have contained drugs, have been collected by a resident who is fed up of the drug dealing in his neighbourhood.
Andy Johnston, of Charnwood Road, St Julian’s, Newport, collected 53 small bags from September 23 to 27 from the underpass behind his house.
The subway, which goes under the railway line, has long attracted groups of youths.
Mr Johnston said: “The problem has developed now. We are getting sick of it. We have been putting up with this for years. A lot of people are reluctant to get involved because it’s easy to target us.”
Mr Johnston said the problem was not only at weekends but week nights, too, with groups gathering all through the night.
Mr Johnston believes a gate, which could be locked at night, could stop the gangs.
A spokeswoman from Gwent Police said: “We are aware of concerns relating to drug activity in the subway on Charnwood Road. Officers are conducting regular patrols in the area, and are working closely with the local authority to tackle this. We are also speaking with local residents to gather information and intelligence. In the meantime we would encourage any resident who witnesses suspicious activity in the area to report it to police on 101.”
A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said: “Newport City Council has been concerned about this location for some time. Our wardens have attended on three occasions in August but, unlike the police, do not have the legal powers to forcibly remove people.
“We continue to work with the police to look at potential solutions to this problem, including utilising other council services to divert this group to more productive activities. Anti-social behaviour is not tolerated and we, therefore, advise the public to continue to refer any concerns to the community safety warden service or the police.”
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