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'We are rife with it' - Concerns over drug dealing in north Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:48 03 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 03 June 2018

About 50 people attended a meeting called by Sewell Community Group and Friends at Silver Road Community Centre about problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich.
Photo: supplied by Julie Brociek-Coulton

About 50 people attended a meeting called by Sewell Community Group and Friends at Silver Road Community Centre about problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich. Photo: supplied by Julie Brociek-Coulton

supplied by Julie Brociek-Coulton

Increasing problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich were highlighted at a meeting called by concerned residents.

About 50 people attended a meeting called by Sewell Community Group and Friends at Silver Road Community Centre about problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich.
Photo: supplied by Julie Brociek-CoultonAbout 50 people attended a meeting called by Sewell Community Group and Friends at Silver Road Community Centre about problems with drug dealing in the north of Norwich. Photo: supplied by Julie Brociek-Coulton

About 50 people attended the meeting with local police which was organised by Sewell Community Group and Friends and was held at the Silver Road Community Centre, in Silver Road, on Friday night.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, secretary of Sewell Community Group and Friends, said people reported problems with drug dealing in many places across the area and beyond, and she said the message from police was that people needed to make sure they reported incidents to officers by calling 101.

“We are rife with it. I don’t think there are many roads that haven’t got it (a problem with drug dealing),” she said.

“We are encouraging people to call the police 101 number and give information.”

She said among the places people highlighted in the meeting as having problems with drugs were Silver Street, Steward Street, Brewers Court, Mousehold Avenue, Heathgate, Stacy Road, Shipstone Road, Denmark Road, Magdalen Road, Denmark Opening and Angel Road as well as Sewell Park and Waterloo Park.

And she said there was also a call to have alley gates fitted to stop drug dealers using alley ways near people’s homes.

“We are trying to see if there’s a pot of money to see if we can fund alley gates to stop people using the alleyways...when the [street] lights go off at night you don’t know what’s going on in your alleyway,” she said.

About the turnout for Friday’s meeting, she added: “We are really grateful so many people turned up. We know there is concern from all over, from all round Sewell and from Catton.”

As previously reported, Norwich north MP Chloe Smith has also demanded answers from police over how they plan to fight drug use in Norwich after a tent filled with used syringes was found in Brigg Street in the city centre.

She has sought reassurances from Norfolk police over how they are tackling drug use and rough sleeping – and said residents in the north of the city shared concerns over drug use in their communities. Ms Smith has written to new city commander Superintendent Terry Lordan, and plans to meet him in June.

Norfolk police has prioritised fighting drug issues in Norwich through its Operation Cayman, arresting more than 500 people in the last 16 months. If you have information, call Norfolk police on 101.

Sewell Community Group and Friends plan to have another meeting on June 15. Find Sewell Community Group and Friends on Facebook

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