Nee­dles point to prob­lem

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are crack­ing down on drug crime near Hunt­ing­wood’s “red light dis­trict”.

NSW Health nee­dle and sy­ringe pro­gram staff re­ported dis­carded drug para­pher­na­lia strewn along Hunt­ing­wood Drive.

Other ar­eas of con­cern for dumped nee­dles and sy­ringes in­clude the Mt Druitt Town Cen­tre Re­serve, where 10 to 50 nee­dles are col­lected each day, and He­lena Ave, Emer­ton.

Black­town po­lice act­ing crime man­ager Se­nior Sergeant Adam Wil­son said pros­ti­tu­tion in the in­dus­trial area was le­gal for those aged over 18 but drug use was not tol­er­ated.

“We con­duct reg­u­lar pa­trols down there in Hunt­ing­wood and we speak to the sex work­ers and their clients,” he said. “There’s a brothel down there and un­for­tu­nately drugs is one of the is­sues that pros­ti­tu­tion can at­tract.”

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