Grantham Journal column: ‘I’ve seen how town is awash with drugs,’ says Peter Clawson

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.
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Anyone who tries to tell me that the drugs problem in Grantham has been reduced considerably must really be living in cloud cuckoo land.

Take a walk along any street in and around town on any day of the week and you will see evidence of dealing, usage or crime as a result of the anti-social fall-out somewhere or other.

The Government insist that their war on drugs strategy is paying dividends. It is in Grantham! There are more hard and soft users everywhere you look.

Personally I only have to open my blinds at any time to see the craze at first hand.

Either our regular dealer is strolling up and down the river bank, phoning and texting clients, while pretending to feed the ducks, or on the other side of the Witham patrolling the Riverside Walk.

There he could be demonstrating usage and selling to local schoolgirls, some of whom don’t look a day over 15 years of age.

Alternatively an unauthorised car roars into our car park. Its occupants get out and disappear for a while, after which they return and smoke themselves silly quite openly.

A young couple meet several times a week, clearly high on drugs and-or alcohol, then romp around on the grass behind a wall.

On the other side, across Welham Street, vehicles come and go at all hours. Need I say more?

Addicts stagger up and down the street at various times. Ambulances and police cars often turn up to deal with drug related incidents.

A walk in idyllic Wyndham Park reveals similar actions. These can also be seen in local shopping centres and elsewhere.

Friends tell me it is the same all over town. Government ministers say some towns are swamped with immigrants, but I know that Grantham is also awash with drugs, despite official denials.

Nick Boles, please take note!