CAll for ExtrA pAtrols At Drug sitE nEAr sChool
A councillor and primary school governor has called for patrols to tackle drug issues near the school’s playground. Pilesofusedneedlesandother drug paraphernalia havebeen left by addicts in the car park of the disused Zenith Windows building on Lincoln Road.
The car park backs onto the playground at the Beeches Primary School, and Central Ward councillor Mohammed Jamil - who is also a governor - said extra police patrols were neededtotackle the problems and keep residents safe.
He said: “We have highlighted the issue to police on a number of occasions. Some timestheschoolcaretakerhas to go to the playground near the land to make sure it is safe for children to play.
“There is also a retirement homenearby, andtheanti-social behaviour is not good for the residents there.”
Peterborough MP Stewart Jacksonsaid:“Thecitycouncil needtoworkwiththepoliceto clear up the drug related anti-social behaviour at this site which is an eyesore afflicting the whole area. That said, the landowner has a responsibility to securethesite safely and to tackle these nefarious activities itself. The proximity totheBeechesPrimarySchool gives the matter a greater degree of urgency.”
Apolicespokespersonsaid there had been no reports of drug paraphernalia onschool grounds, andadded: “Wetake all reports of crime seriously andwill act onreports of drug taking in Peterborough as often and as quickly as we can. We are aware that this is an area associated with drug use and we’re working with Peterborough City Council and other agencies through the Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES) to address the issue. Patrols have been increased in the area and work is currently underwaytoidentify the ownersorlandlordsof the unoccupied building.”
Some of the needles and other rubbish left on the land