The Drugs issue
Children as young as
ten are been offered heroin free as the drug takes a
lethal grip on Teesside. Home Office research published
4/8/98 identifies Middlesbrough as a heroin
"hotshot", with new addicts driven to lives of
crime to feed their habits. The town is said to be a
supply centre for the region. The report by the Home
Office Police Research Group warns that the problem is
widespread ... and is growing. Unlike the
"epidemic" of the 1980's linked to between 18 and
25, today's new users are more likely to be between 16 and 18
and include teenagers from "stable affluent
families". The report states: "It is,
unfortunately, reasonable to suggest that we are facing a
second heroin epidemic" It called for urgent action to
set up drug services for young people and heroin users, and a co-ordinated approach to take out the supply network.
Northern Echo 23/3/99
Heroin is been offered
to teenagers at just 50p a time, a 14 year old boy on the
Hardwick estate in Stockton was offered a cheap sample of the
deadly drug by a dealer to try to get him hooked. The
horror story was one of several head by The Reverend Keith
Benjamin, a South African anti drugs campaigner who visited
the area on a fact finding visit.
The Sunday Express
16th August 1998
Plans for a
prostitution tolerance zone have run into fierce opposition
from residents who say their lives are being plagued by
hookers, pimps, kerb-crawlers and drug dealers. More than a
thousand have signed a petition opposing what they call an
"A to Z of hooking" with police giving girls a map
of streets where they can solicit in an attempt to control a
problem that has affected inner city streets for years, but
campaigners in the designated area of Middlesbrough are
Liz Chambers 42
Henry Robinson 77
Supt. John Tough
of Cleveland Police said,
The Northern Echo The Prostitutes
Some of these are quite acceptable but, for the few who abuse the Housing Benefit System, in asking such prices for basic needs, the state of these properties are unbearable to any decent self respecting person, mainly situated on Crescent Road, Southfield Road, Borough Road. The people who do enter these establishments are already on that slippery downwards spiral, they have no security within the building's, easily hounded, are easy prey for domineering personalities. Bullied to the extent of physical violence, belittled for their lack of intelligence, their hygiene standards, not to say the pressures from co tenants dependent on Drugs & Alcohol. No consideration from the landlords for problems with the accommodation i.e. general repairs, damage caused by accidents and not to say the passing Health & Safety Standards. Also the use of out dated equipment, charging for equipment not there, all this and on top the worst landlords making rules on a whim then changing the goal posts to suite themselves.
Middlesbrough Borough Council
The Goverment and Europe has pumped money over the years into the outer boundaries of the Middlesbrough districts, St. Hildas, Grove Hill, Pallister Park, this money though is can now be accessed by local Partnership Boards. The Central wards of Southfield & Gresham have no Partnership Board yet this is to its detriment, not having such an established structure in place. It does have a fledgling group of people which has come out of the Community Appraisal the 5 Parks Partnership. But the turmoil within MBC its restructuring and internal party politics, it is not being supported fully. The Council will have to listen to resident led organisations Government thinking at present is that "Partnerships" between local authorities and such organisations managing projects will access these funds in the near future.
A Common worry from the residents is "They're going to knock down part of our area for a car park"
Q. Who started the rumor ????
If that's how they all feel, give it 9 or 10 years and it will happen!