CAll for Ex­trA pA­trols At Drug sitE nEAr sChool

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

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

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