Drug dealing shock at village family day

Wrea Green Field Day. A New Orleans-style band heads the parade.
Wrea Green Field Day. A New Orleans-style band heads the parade.
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‘DRUGS can kill!’

That was the warning from furious residents of a picturesque Fylde village after two men were arrested over alleged drug dealing at an annual fete.

Two 21-year-old men were held on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs, with intent to supply, during Wrea Green’s family Field Day last weekend.

And residents today warned about the dangers of drugs and said they were not wanted in the community, which has regularly won Lancashire’s Best Kept Village award.

Jack Dobson, vice-chairman of Wrea Green Parish Council, said: “You only need small children to get their hands on this stuff and it can kill them.

“Drugs are all over the place –anything the police can do to stop this carry-on, all the better.

“We have got a good neighbourhood policing team.”

Police say one 21-year-old man, from Wrea Green, was arrested on drugs charges after officers seized five ‘wraps’ of white powder while carrying out checks on Station Road in the village during Saturday’s annual fun day.

Another 21-year-old man, from Wesham, was also arrested on the same charges following an alleged incident at Wrea Green Institute.

Both men were later bailed pending further inquiries.

Sgt Niamh O’Donoghue, from the neighbourhood policing team, said: “Aside from these two arrests, the festivities ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“Drug dealing, especially at family events like club days, will not be tolerated and we will take a strong approach to tackling this problem.

“We welcome information from our local communities.

“Together, we can deal with issues which are affecting our neighbourhoods.”

Officers were carrying out high visibility patrols at the annual event, which attracted hundreds of families.


Coun Frank Andrews, Ribby-with-Wrea ward councillor, said: “The crime rate in Wrea Green is normally very low.

“It’s usually single figures or less every month.

“These allegations are very much out of character.

“We don’t want this kind of activity in Wrea Green. We try to keep the village a nice place.

“It’s won the Lancashire’s Best Kept Village award many times and we have a lot of visitors and supporters.

“I don’t remember this kind of trouble for many years.

“I’m delighted the police are taking a strong line and I fully support the police.

“We have got a good PACT (police and communities together) meeting and neighbourhood watch. We look forward to hearing the report on this.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.