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28th Jun, 2022

Residents voice fears over level of drug dealing in Redditch

Ross Crawford 16th May, 2022

DRUG dealing in Redditch is getting out of hand with residents feeling frightened to go out of their homes.

That’s the verdict of some people living in the St George’s and upper part of Beoley Road.

One said: “We’re victims of a despicable and inhumane bunch of people who presently, are in control of streets and areas of Redditch.

“They are driving down from Birmingham to do their trade, I’ve seen them.

“No one should be intimidated and harassed to the extent of not leaving his or home. That’s what they have done to me. I want my life back.”

One householder said he’d been followed and watched as he went about his daily business, even in broad daylight.

“They have made my life hell,” he said.

“If that’s not harassment and intimidation, then I have the wrong meaning of the words.

“I have been physically assaulted on three occasions – why? because I refused to be used by criminals.”

Another Redditch resident said they went for a walk to clear their head, but the air was full of the smell of drugs.

Their fear is that Redditch is in danger of sleep walking into violence as a consequence of the increase in criminal activities.

“The police must be proactive,” said one resident.

“And the community must speak up and speak out against crime.

“The police and the community must work together to slay this two headed monster.”

Lee Page, Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for Redditch and Bromsgrove, said: “We continue to work hard to keep drugs off our streets, ensure our communities are safe places to live and work, and to protect vulnerable people.

“Officers carry out regular patrols across Redditch to reassure the local community and be accessible to anyone who has any concerns.

“Work is always ongoing behind the scenes to identity those involved in drug crime and to cut off drugs supply.

“Recently, a major investigation across the region led to 64 drug dealers sentenced to a total of 251 years in prison.

“Anyone with any concerns about drug crime is urged to please get in touch. We take action on all reports we receive.”

Visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, anyone with information who doesn’t feel comfortable speaking to police, can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

It is 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask for a name and they cannot trace a call or IP address. They can be contacted at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or 0800 555 111.

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