Used needles in street prompt calls for police action

PUBLISHED: 13:08 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 26 September 2018

Used syringes found near The Parade in Exmouth. Picture: Contributed.

Used syringes found near The Parade in Exmouth. Picture: Contributed.

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Used needles and human faeces left in an Exmouth street have led to a call for the police to do more to tackle drug use in the town.

The alarm was raised by a single mother from the town who was fed up with steering her children around used needles and human waste while walking along The Parade.

The mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “There are needles everywhere outside our property; drugs are rife in the area.

“One of the men defecated in the communal entrance to where we live, I called the council to pick it up but in the end I had to clean it up.

The mum told the Journal that she often sees ‘bricks of drugs’ being sold on the street and described the situation in Exmouth as ‘spiralling out of control’.

According to the police the situation is already being dealt with.

Inspector Antonia Weeks said: “We are aware of a small number of people in Exmouth who are currently homeless and living on the streets in the town centre.

“We are working with East Devon District Council (EDDC) and other agencies to manage this issue and the associated challenges such as drug and alcohol addictions.

“Where there is evidence to do so, we robustly deal with criminal activity including drug dealing, overt drug use, anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime.”

A council team was sent to check the area on Monday and in future checks will be carried out more regularly.

A spokeswoman for EDDC said: “It is an awful situation that this type of drug use and associated anti-social behaviour is going on in Exmouth.

“We will of course come and clean up any excrement, and would do so every time.

“If the mother contacts us directly if this happens again, we will send a team as a matter of urgency to clean up.

“The police should always be the first port of call if there are reports of drug taking and dealing.”

The spokeswoman also said the county council’s drugs and alcohol chief and EDDC’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer had been made aware of the situation.

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