Councillor defends Leominster after signs point to possible drug problem in the town

Ledbury Reporter: The sign, pointing to "weed" and "crack". The sign, pointing to "weed" and "crack".

THE names of Class A drugs were daubed over signposts in Leominster.

Walkers on a footpath near the town's railway station were pointed towards various illegal substances including "weed, crack, crystal meth and smack".

The Hereford Times contacted Leominster Town Council and arrangements were made for the post to be painted over.

Cllr Denise Kerwood, who runs the town council's footpaths working group, said: "Most probably the graffiti is a thoughtless prank.

"I don’t believe Leominster has a greater issue with drug abuse than any other equivalent town. I am also aware that our local community police officers patrol regularly and liaise with individuals involved,"

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10:53pm Sat 31 May 14

Ken Watergate says...

Leominster has a longstanding drugs issue.
When I was an elected councillor there some years ago, Town Council meetings would open with a communal bowl of crystal meth. Complimentary syringes filled with 'weed' were placed next to one's prosecco for the convenience of each councillor.
The town clerk filed all this in the accounts as "sundry expenses"
The drug use at Council Tax Payers expense was morally wrong.
But it did help dull the pain of listening to Peter McCaull boring the tits off you.
I guess that is local politics...
Leominster has a longstanding drugs issue. When I was an elected councillor there some years ago, Town Council meetings would open with a communal bowl of crystal meth. Complimentary syringes filled with 'weed' were placed next to one's prosecco for the convenience of each councillor. The town clerk filed all this in the accounts as "sundry expenses" The drug use at Council Tax Payers expense was morally wrong. But it did help dull the pain of listening to Peter McCaull boring the tits off you. I guess that is local politics... Ken Watergate
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11:02am Sun 1 Jun 14

megilleland says...

"I don’t believe Leominster has a greater issue with drug abuse than any other equivalent town. I am also aware that our local community police officers patrol regularly and liaise with individuals involved,"

Yes all of Herefordshire and the UK has a problem.

Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown.

In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments.

Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine.

Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Times that the findings were an indication of the scale of the use of the drug in Britain today.
"I don’t believe Leominster has a greater issue with drug abuse than any other equivalent town. I am also aware that our local community police officers patrol regularly and liaise with individuals involved," Yes all of Herefordshire and the UK has a problem. Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown. In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments. Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine. Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Times that the findings were an indication of the scale of the use of the drug in Britain today. megilleland
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9:28am Mon 2 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

Cllr Kerwood is deluded.
Leominster has the worst drug problem in Herefordshire.
Cllr Kerwood is deluded. Leominster has the worst drug problem in Herefordshire. mizza21
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8:03am Thu 5 Jun 14

probono says...

The Milleresque comment on here is unecessary. Drugs are now so accepted as the norm it is frightening. Leominster is certainly a conduit between the Birmingham based dealers and our local villages, and while the Police say they want to catch the dealers not the occasional users, surely a few court cases and naming and shaming might go a long way to being a deterrant for some of those who use drugs 'recreationally' ! That word is so wrong. There is nothing reacreational about harming your mind and body with drugs.
The Milleresque comment on here is unecessary. Drugs are now so accepted as the norm it is frightening. Leominster is certainly a conduit between the Birmingham based dealers and our local villages, and while the Police say they want to catch the dealers not the occasional users, surely a few court cases and naming and shaming might go a long way to being a deterrant for some of those who use drugs 'recreationally' ! That word is so wrong. There is nothing reacreational about harming your mind and body with drugs. probono
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