NEWPORT residents say they are at breaking point after a revamped city underpass turned their quiet street into a haven for drug dealers.

Charnwood Road has become a focal point for crime and antisocial behaviour after the subway there got new lights and a paint job, neighbours claim.

Two years after Glan Usk Primary School reopened, cars full of people arrive at all times of night to collect packages left in the tunnel and smoke drugs there, householders say.

Despite notifying Newport City Council, police and site owner Network Rail, nothing has stopped it.

Neighbours have also been burgled and just two days ago, a car windowwas smashed and a radio stolen.

Andy Johnson, 42, moved in 18 months ago and said the walkway, which links the cul-de-sac with the school, was a “magnet for trouble”.

“We’ve been told it’s a priority but nobody’s turned up – this isn’t recent, it’s been going on for years,” he said.

Other residents, who did not want to be named, say they have grown wary of walking dogs or getting home at night.

Gwent Police has increased patrols in the area and are discussing other options to help the situation.

Residents said Network Rail told them responsibilities for public rights of way lay with the local authority and advised them to contact the council.

Resident Ian Young, 39, has discussed the problem with council wardens.

He said: “There are definitely drugs being dealt, sold, bought and used and that’s only been since the lights went in.”

Newport council was unavailable for comment.