Bournemouth resident claims drugs are still an issue for the area even after drug crime rates fall 3.6% from previous year.
Christopher Spackman, a Charminster resident, lives with his wife and children and worries about the effects of an increasing drug problem near his home.
I personally don’t have an issue. It’s my wife and children I worry about.
“Having had drug dealers squabbling outside our home – my wife returning home to drug users appearing from the back garden and on a number of occasions having to wait to go out or come home because of drug dealing across our drive.
“I do worry that they will spook someone.”
Drug crimes reportedly accounted for 167 (2.52%) of all crimes from December 2016 to November 2017 in Bournemouth while incidents of antisocial behaviour totaled 2707 (40.78%) of all crimes reported during that time.
The E-commerce marketer said: “The council and other agencies need to make Charminster and other areas less attractive for these people.
Whilst Charminster has all the bars, poor lighting and a free reign for these people, it will only get worse.”
He added: “I’d also add that only recently the lady who lives below us was within seconds of coming across a drug deal on the drive. ”
The postcode BH1 1 ranked the highest in Bournemouth for drug crime with 80 incidents being reported in the area while Charminster (BH8 8) ranks third with 50 instances of drug crime.
Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill announced in October 2017 that he would be taking “a step back from his national commitments” and focusing more on local affairs after Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Colin Pipe retired from office.
In a statement, Martyn Underhill said: “Against this backdrop, and with Colin’s departure, it is right that local issues are my primary focus and I am excited about devoting even more effort towards improving experiences of policing and crime for Dorset residents.”
He talked about his work with the elderly combating fraud as well as addressing the mental health crisis; however, there was no mention of combating drugs in the area.
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