A TOWN battling a “drugs epidemic” has been left in the dark by police, councillors claim.
Shotton Town Council has resorted to writing to North Wales Police to express their frustrations over a lack of information.
Christmas and New Year brought further complaints about drug dealing, according to one town councillor.
In October the Leader revealed shocking scenes of toddlers being forced to watch their parents buy drugs in bushes in Dee Park.
The sightings were described to Chief Insp Dave Roome at a town council meeting, when Cllr Elwyn Jones branded the problem a “drugs epidemic”.
Police promised tough action, vowing to use high visability foot patrols and the force helicopter to help spot dealers.
The authority also assured residents the force would link up with Flintshire Council to tackle the issue together.
“We are determined to rid the area of this type of behaviour,” said community beat manager Sgt Stefan Lederle at the time.
But at a meeting of Shotton Town Council on Monday Cllr David Evans said: “I wanted to raise the drug dealing situation that we’ve mentioned before around Butler Street and the alleyways that link it through to Shotton Lane by the old club.
“I am still getting lots of people talking to me about it.
“They are seeing cars pulling up, people dashing in and out of houses and then driving off.
“Over Christmas and New Year people have been out walking along the Dock Road cycle path and you know when you’ve got cyclists and walkers but when you’ve got people hovering and hanging around the bushes you know they are up to no good.
“I am getting a bit fed up with the police really. What’s being done about it?
“They wait two or three months, have one big hit, then it goes back to normal.
“We want to write to the police about the lack of response.
“They never give us any feedback. They don’t come back and tell us anything.”
Chairman Cllr Gary Cooper replied: “I fully support what you are saying and when I speak to Sgt Bethan Pritchard I will raise this but I will write as a town council.”