Drugs paraphernalia cleared by residents

Drug addicts supplies of needle, drugs s and other items both used and new dumped in hedges in Welbeck Close Willingdon Trees and found by local resident Dawn Lockwood. Dec 27th 2012 E52110N
Drug addicts supplies of needle, drugs s and other items both used and new dumped in hedges in Welbeck Close Willingdon Trees and found by local resident Dawn Lockwood. Dec 27th 2012 E52110N

Needles used by drug addicts have been cleared away by a concerned resident who says the authorities have ignored the problem.

Dawn Lockwood cleared away mountains of used and new needles and other drugs paraphernalia after she says her repeated calls to police and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd failed to get the problem sorted.

She is now hoping other people will join her in cleaning up Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees and is running a Facebook Page called Hampden Park Clean Up.

Dawn, who lives in Welbeck Close, said she first noticed the rubbish mounting up in September in a raised flower bed in Croxden Way.

“I contacted the police who said they would contact the relevant authorities, Stephen Lloyd and Places for People,” she said, “but nothing happened so in the end I couldn’t stand it anymore and did it myself.

“That area is just yards from Oakwood School and there’s always kids playing around there. I was worried that kids would climb in and make a den and hurt themselves on used needles. It’s just a massive dumping ground around there.”

Dawn said she is hoping others will come forward now in helping clean up the area.

“I don’t want to see things like this ignored,” said Dawn. “A lot of people I have spoken to around here say they have given up hope but they can’t and shouldn’t lose hope.

“If we all get together and do something we can make the area a nicer place to live.”