Riverside locals say they want action against drug dealing

Originally posted on JOMEC CJS News.

People living in Riverside say they want police to clamp down on drug use and dealing in the area with some saying they don’t feel safe walking around the neighbourhood.

Labour Councillor for Riverside, Iona Gordon, says “there are increasing concerns about the visibility of drug use, whether it’s dealers or people gathering on street corners and being noisy. People have been seen going into phone boxes to inject drugs.”

A phone booth in Riverside

Plaid Cymru Candidate for Riverside, Xose Alvarez says his neighbours have complained about drug dealing around Tudor Street and Plantagenet Street. Mr. Alvarez says “many locals have reported it repeatedly to the police but they don’t feel like there’s been any progress.”

People living in the Edinburgh Court council estate say they regularly see young people taking drugs in the stairwells.

The council estate Edinburgh Court on Wyndham Place

Georgina Sammut, 70, lives in Edinburgh Court. She says South Wales Police have tried to tackle the problem by installing a camera in one of the stairwells of Edinburgh Court. She says “the police are doing their best to improve the situation.”

Georgina Sammut says she regularly sees drug users in the area

In a statement, South Wales Police said “drug dealing has a devastating impact upon communities and it won’t be tolerated. Wherever possible we will use the information that we get from the public and take action with the aim of putting drug dealers out of business and before the courts.”


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South Wales Police no-show at last two Riverside PACT meetings

People in Riverside say they are disappointed that South Wales Police haven’t attended the area’s last two community policing meetings.

PACT – Partnerships and Community Together – meetings are designed to let people raise issues about local crime.

They are meant to take place six times a year at the South Riverside Community Development Centre.

But local people say there hasn’t been a representative from South Wales police at the last two meetings.

The South Wales Police website says ‘this process needs your voice to ensure we concentrate on the issues relevant to your area. If you don’t say, we can’t listen!’

Iona Gordon, Labour Councillor for Riverside, said she hadn’t been told in advance the police weren’t attending.

“It’s disappointing that the police haven’t come to the Riverside PACT meetings. I made a complaint to the police.

CJS News was at the most recent PACT meeting in Riverside. Local people raised issues including worries that cannabis was being grown locally and dangerous driving around schools.

Cllr Gordon says “it’s high on the police’s agenda to call the PACT meetings and they have to be there.”

South Wales Police say “It’s rare that the police are unable to attend.”