An appeal is being made for any information about drug dealing in a Moorlands town centre to be passed on to the police. The appeal comes from Cheadle town and district councillor Kate Martin who is concerned about an apparent increase in drug dealing in Cheadle town centre.
An appeal is being made for any information about drug dealing in a Moorlands town centre to be passed on to the police.
The appeal comes from Cheadle town and district councillor Kate Martin who is concerned about an apparent increase in drug dealing in Cheadle town centre.
Cllr Martin told the Times & Echo that she has witnessed drug dealing taking place in High Street “in broad daylight” herself.
She said: “I emailed Inspector Thorley of Staffordshire Police and he acted very promptly as police were sent round to the flat where the issue was, and police are monitoring the high street.
“Shop keepers are continuing to contact the police due to drug dealing in the high street – it’s being done in broad daylight.
“It is especially common practice on Friday evenings – I think it got worse during lockdown.”
Cllr Martin is urging anyone who may see anyone dealing drugs in Cheadle, to contact Staffordshire Police.
She said: “People need to report any incidents of drug dealing to the police. People should not be afraid to report anything to the police.
“It’s not going away. We need to keep bombarding the police about this issue.”
She added: “I do praise the police for what they have done so far, but I think we all need to help them to monitor this.
“It’s down to the public to report anything they see like this.
“We don’t want this sort of reputation for Cheadle.”
The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire Police about the concerns raised by cllr Martin regarding drug issues in Cheadle town centre.
In response, Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, commander of the Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Local officers are aware of reported issues of anti-social behaviour in Cheadle and they will be patrolling key areas in the town at relevant times to gather intelligence, identify offending and take positive action to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and visit in the area.
“Moorlands officers have been, and will continue to, work closely with the SMDC community safety partnership who have recently also taken civil action against those whose actions impact on the rest of the community adversely.
“There is already a lot of work ongoing – some of which is not always visible to the public – to disrupt this kind of behaviour. This includes the relocation of individuals from three different households following complaints from residents about drugs taking and anti-social behaviour.
“Information from members of the public helps us to build our intelligence so I would ask anyone concerned or anyone who has any information to come forward by either messaging Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or by calling 101.”
Cllr Martin added that anyone needing help and support with regards to drug use, can contact One Recovery. The organisation’s website, with contact details, can be found at www.onerecovery.org.uk/staffordshire.
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