Fears of drugs dangers in 'festival town'

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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COUNCILLORS have expressed their concerns about drug dealing near children’s play areas.

Community leaders in Mold – described as Flintshire’s festival town – said the problem is becoming widespread and happening at parks and businesses, often in broad daylight.

They highlighted their concerns to police officers at this week’s town council meeting, saying discarded drug paraphernalia could pose a danger to children.

Cllr Chris Bithell highlighted the problem at the play area near Bridge Street.
Police confirmed they have made arrests in recent weeks after carrying out  search

warrants in Mold and urged the public to keep providing them with information.
The Mold councillor’s concerns follow worries raised about drug use in Connah’s Quay and Queensferry earlier this month.

Cllr Chris Bithell said: “Drug dealing has been going on in the town for some time.

“People see it going on at certain premises and everyone knows what is happening.

“It is happening near a play area in my ward and people are appalled.

“I am concerned about paraphernalia being left around. Needles have been found in the street in the past.

“The people involved are well known locally and they are going to certain addresses on well trodden paths to get drugs.”

Insp Sharon McCairn of North Wales Police said the force has made drug arrests in recent weeks on the back of information provided by the public.

She said: “We have executed warrants and people have been arrested in recent weeks as a result of information provided by the public.

“I ask the community to let us know what is happening. We will and do act on information.”

Aside from the issue affecting the play area near Bridge Street, Cllr Andrea Mearns said she had also been approached by business owners regarding drug dealing near their premises.

She said: “It is being witnessed on the streets of Mold.”

Town centre manager Dave Hill, who has described Mold as “a festival town” due to its increasing number of annual events, said instances of drugs or paraphernalia being found in the town are “very infrequent”.

He added: “There are issues of substance misuse in Mold just as in every community but I have every confidence in police addressing these concerns appropriately.”

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