Queensferry estate residents left 'intimidated' by drugs gangs

Published date: 12 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A drugs problem on an estate has been described as “sheer hell”.

Residents living on Dyfed Drive in Queensferry have labelled it a disgrace –  saying they feel intimidated and “scared to let their children play outside”.

They say dealers have been supplying drugs on the children’s park, and gangs of up to 30 people congregate on the fly-over – the only access on to the estate by foot.

Following the concerns the Leader went to the estate and found a number of used needles in waste land, as well as broken glass and rubbish littering the area.

Police say they are working with Flintshire Council to clear up the waste, and are planning on upping patrols in the area.

Wales and West Housing, which owns the estate, has also warned it will not tolerate the problems.

Fearful residents, who wanted to remain anonymous, have spoken of the “disgusting” and “disgraceful” problem.

A father-of-two described the drugs problem on the estate as massive.

“The drugs problem is rife,” he said. “Huge groups of about 20 or 30 congregate in the area.

“There are needles lying around all the time.

“Someone has been round cleaning them up but they just keep leaving needles.”

He added: “There was a drug dealer sitting on the swings in the park the other day – it is disgusting. The problem has got worse since December.

“There is a massive problem. I’m sick of phoning the police about it.”

Another resident, who said the problem has worsened “tenfold” since he moved to the area 18 years ago, warned “it has got to stop”.

“They are always up on the fly-over,” he said. “It’s not kids, this is middle aged people.”

He said he is very concerned about his wife or daughter walking over the fly-over alone.

His wife added: “I feel very intimidated when I’m on my own.

“The drugs problem drags the community down. It is sheer hell.”

Another parent said she would not let her children play in the street during  February half term due to the issue.

She said: “For a while we have been on to the police about it.

“The kids were off for a week recently – they can’t even play out.

“There is drug dealing taking place on the park. Kids should feel free to go there.”

She added: “There is a big problem with the fly-over.

“There are needles everywhere and that is the only way we can get to and from places.”

Anne Hinchey, chief executive of Wales and West, said it has “a duty to protect residents”.

“We are working closely with the police and local authority to investigate any drug problems on the estate,” she said.

“We do not and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour under any circumstances.”

Inspector Steve Arnold said police were also working with Flintshire Council's Streetscene regarding waste.

“We are also planning more high visibility patrols in the area,” he said.

Steve Jones, head of Streetscene said the area is regularly inspected and cleared by staff.

He said the council was also planning on visiting the area yesterday.

“We will also be speaking to North Wales Police regarding future joint inspections and monitoring in the area," said Mr Jones.

Police urge any residents who witness people dealing or using drugs to contact them immediately.

If anyone in the area has any information about drug dealers they should call police on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555111.

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