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Police clue hunt in bid to end rise in drug crimes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

  • Alleyway off the A444 near to the Co-op in Stanton

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POLICE have urged people to ‘get in touch’ after fears were raised over drug use in an area regularly frequented by children.

Parents have been commenting online on social networking sites such as Facebook about a rise in the levels of drug-related antisocial behaviour in an alleyway that leads from the A444 Stanton Road to the Manor Road estate.

Some parents have even claimed that children have picked up drug paraphernalia, such as used syringes, while walking through the area.

Senior officers at Staffordshire Police are now urging anyone with information to contact them so officers can start working out who is responsible.

Inspector Rob Neeson, of Burton Police, said: “It is a worry to hear concerns being raised on matters such as this, especially when children could be involved.

“But I would like to stress that, as of yet, we have not had any incidents in this area reported to us on this matter.

“However, we would urge people discussing this matter on social networking sites to make sure they get in touch with us as soon as they can so we can investigate the concerns.

“Whether it be drug paraphernalia, drug-related antisocial behaviour or drug-related crime, it simply will not be tolerated wherever it is taking place across the area.

“The thing I would like to stress again, though, is that we cannot do anything about crimes or issues that we are not aware of.

“So next time someone sees drug-related crime or paraphernalia in the are, I want them to make sure they pick up the phone and get in touch.

“This will allow us to investigate the matter and increase patrols in the area to try to put an end to any issues, and put people who live and work nearby at ease that the problems will stop.”

Defeating drug crime is a major priority for the force in the area, as was evident with last year’s Operation Nemesis.

Anyone with information on drug-related crime in the area is urged to call police on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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