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Westham residents invited to tackle fight against drugs

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11:16am 16th November 2017

Westham Community Group is asking residents to come to a meeting in Weymouth tonight (16th November) to discuss the next step in the fight against drugs in the area.

The group's been tackling drug use and dealing after needles were found around the Rodwell Trail and the Marsh with a poster raising awareness of how to report the problem.

The poster, launched just six weeks ago is already showing positive results.

Chair of Westham community Group Andreas Scheffler said:"Residents were unhappy about the impact of drugs on the neighbourhood but unsure how to report it or even if it would make any difference if they did. This poster is a simple and effective way of informing people who to contact to report any incidents or for advice on drug abuse. It also shows that Westham residents are willing to stand up for their community, to say enough is enough and report it."

The initiative is already showing positive results. Since the launch of the poster Dorset Police have received several pieces of  information from the community around drug dealing in the area, and in one case were able to identify and arrest a dealer from London. Other investigations are on-going.

A police spokesperson commented: "This confirms how important intelligence from the community is in helping the police  to build a bigger picture and  target drug network, and of course all information is treated as confidential"

Councillor Christine James said: " it is fantastic that the poster is already having an impact. It shows what a community can achieve when it works together. We have already had other community groups asking about the poster and there is no reason why it shouldn't become a Weymouth wide initiative."

The meeting tonight is to provide an update and an informal forum for people to ask questions, put ideas forward and discuss next steps. It will be held at the Steps Youth Centre, 110 Chickerell Road at 6:45pm. Copies of the poster will be available.

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