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Haslingden residents' plea to close off drug deal alleyway
A youth worker claims a town centre alleyway should be gated off at night as drug dealers are using it.
Sadaqut Amin claimed that the narrow path in Lower Deardengate, Haslingden, between Deardengate News and Convenience Store and The Royal British Legion pub, gave criminals a ‘quick escape route’.
He said residents of nearby Deardengate Croft felt ‘widespread anger, concern and frustration’ at the level of anti-social behaviour.
Rossendale Council said it had received no complaints about the alleyway for more than a year.
Mr Amin said: “I have many friends who live on and near Deardengate Croft who all witness some sort of drug dealing and binge-drinking on a regular basis.
“For these residents the alleyway is the main cause of crime in the area.
“One resident was recently burgled and said if it wasn’t for the opened gate, she would have seen the criminal.
“Another friend of mine had also complained but this time in relation to hygiene because people are simply urinating which has therefore attracted rats.”
A spokesman for Rossendale Council’s communities team said: “We haven’t received this letter of complaint directly or any complaint of a similar nature.
“The last time that we had a complaint about the alleyway in question was over 12 months ago in relation to youths hanging about in the alleyway and vandalising the empty former British Legion building.
“In terms of closing or enforcing the closure of the alley gate, the alleyway is not a public right of way and we understand it is in private ownership.
“This means it would be a matter for the owner to close the gate on the alleyway.
“We will pick the matter up with the police and we would urge residents and anyone who witnesses any criminal activity or anti-social behaviour to report it to the police.”
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