A shocking collection of drugs paraphernalia, including needles, syringes and a tiny spoon used to shoot up heroin, has been found outside homes in Spalding.
Disgusted residents living in Spring Gardens have also come across human excrement, needle tops and small pieces of foil on wasteland at the back of Spalding Magistrates Court and the town’s former police station in Sheep Market.
This has unsettled me and made me realise how vulnerable and isolated I amSpring Gardens resident Barbara Fitter
People living in Spring Gardens told the Guardian about chasing off strangers who were caught climbing over a fence close to South Holland District Council’s offices in Priory Road, with one person claiming to have picked up a used needle from a street used by children and teenagers going to school.
* several needles used to take heroin and tops for them;
* a small spoon used to heat up the heroin;
* foil wrappers used to smoke tobacco;
* a baby’s top;
* human excrement near a cold store dumped at the back of homes;
* empty yoghurt cartons, drink cans and plastic bottles.
Paraphernalia for drug taking found in town
People living in Spring Gardens want the police and council to take action by forcing squatters off the site and ordering the landowner to clean up the mess.
Ben Williams, who lives in Spring Gardens and manages The Punchbowl in Spalding, said: “I found a needle near the entrance to a fitness club on Tuesday morning.
“I didn’t want to leave it there because it’s a busy road used by schoolkids.
“But when I rang the police, they said it wasn’t down to them and I should get onto the environmental health team at the council.
“On another occasion, I caught someone who was climbing over a fence in Spring Gardens after my dogs started barking – so a few of us chased him off and then we called the police.”
Barbara Fitter, who also lives in Spring Gardens, said: “I came here six months ago and until recently, I felt secure.
“But I became concerned when I head the dogs barking when they were aware of somebody outside my house.
“This has unsettled me and made me realise how vulnerable and isolated I am.
“I’ve had to put a fence up now because my security is paramount.”
Call made for ‘united effort’ on drug fears
Claims of a drugs den in Spalding were made at March’s town forum meeting and chairman George Aley, said: “I’m appalled that Spalding appears to be succumbing to drug pushers, drunks and anti-social behaviour.
“We need a united effort through the police, council and other relevant bodies to stamp out this growing problem within our society.”
Chief Supt Phil Vickers of East Midlands Operational Support Service said: “If someone calls us about a matter like this, our advice would be to call South Holland District Council.”