Kids steal­ing foil lids from Pot Noo­dles for drug use

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY LISA SMYTH

CHIL­DREN as young as 12 are steal­ing the lids off Pot Noo­dles to use when tak­ing drugs, it has been claimed.

Antrim and New­town­abbey Bor­ough Ul­ster Union­ist coun­cil­lor Jim Mont­gomery said young peo­ple high on drugs were run­ning wild and caus­ing may­hem in Antrim.

He claimed gangs of youths are us­ing the thick foil lids from the pack­ets when tak­ing drugs such as cannabis.

“When I was first told what was go­ing on I thought it was a joke,” he said.

“It cer­tainly sounds like a joke and I had a laugh when I was first told un­til I re­alised what they are us­ing them for.

“I orig­i­nally thought it was for them to take heroin, but I have been told by the po­lice that it is for cannabis.

“We are talk­ing about chil­dren from the age of 12 in­volved in this kind of be­hav­iour, it is very sad in­deed.

“Mov­ing away from the fact they are steal­ing these lids, there are a lot of kids run­ning around caus­ing prob­lems in the town and it comes down to the fact that they are tak­ing drugs and get­ting in­volved in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“I’m not say­ing these prob­lems are unique to Antrim, but there has cer­tainly been an es­ca­la­tion in re­cent times.”

Mr Mont­gomery warned that the sit­u­a­tion was likely to de­cline fur­ther given on­go­ing bud­get cuts.

Antrim has been high­lighted as a drugs hotspot in pre­vi­ous years, with claims that deal­ers were tar­get­ing chil­dren out­side youth clubs.

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