Drugs crackdown on Blackpool estate

Shops on Chepstow Road, Grange Park
Shops on Chepstow Road, Grange Park
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POLICE are clamping down on drug dealers who are openly selling outside a community hub in broad daylight.

Residents had reported drug dealing outside Chepstow Road shops and Boundary Park fields in Grange Park to the local neighbourhood policing team.

The issue cropped up at a Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting and has been made a top priority by officers.

Peter Collins, postmaster at Grange Park post office and former councillor, said: “There were reports of dealing through a window from a car.

“It was blatant dealing of drugs.

“We have a telephone kiosk on the other side of the green which we keep an eye on.

“We are always on the ball. We put it on a PACT priority and we will be getting an update about what is being done about it.

“No-one wants that type of activity. We don’t want drug dealing in a public place like this, it’s the hub of the community.

“It’s wrong for children to witness things like this.

“We had people trying to sell illicit tobacco recently too. It’s a health risk.”

Police say the activity is mostly people using the phone kiosk to contact drug dealers.

Officers have gathered and submitted intelligence and there has also been an increased presence of police in the area.

PC Neil Cooper, community beat manager for the Park Blackpool ward, said: “We are aware of the issues raised by residents and as such it is a PACT priority.

“We believe the telephone kiosk near the shops is being used by people to contact drug dealers, but that most of the dealing activity is not actually taking place in the immediate vicinity.

“However, we have increased our patrols in the area and would urge residents to contact us if they see anything suspicious.

“Drugs blight our communities and we are committed to tackling drug dealing and putting those responsible before the courts.”