A MAKESHIFT drugs den has been discovered by residents on a South Tyneside estate.
The find was made by people living in Longfield Close, on the Parkway Estate, South Shields, when they searched the area after seeing young people regularly gathering in a wooded area.
Discarded plastic bottles which had been used to take drugs were left dumped on the ground.
Local councillor, Coun Ernest Gibson, has who has now contacted police with the residents’ concerns.
Coun Gibson, who represents Whiteleas on South Tyneside Council, said: “I had been contacted by a resident over the rubbish and the graffiti in the area and, when I was out having a look, I was ushered over by another resident, who raised his concerns over drugs use.
“He showed me the drugs paraphernalia which had been left dumped among the trees in what looked like a makeshift drugs den.”
He said: “There had been talk about school kids gathering there on a morning before going to school. If this is true, it is very alarming and the dangers of drug use need to be reiterated once again in schools.
“The residents are absolutely disgusted by what has been going on in their neighbourhood.”
He added: “I have contacted the area’s neighbourhood policing team who have said they will look at addressing the issue.”
The area has since been cleaned up after a call was made to the council’s estate team.
Meanwhile Coun Gibson is urging residents concerned about drugs use to contact their local policing teams.
Coun Gibson added: “It is only by people letting officers know of their concerns can issues like this one be addressed.”
Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Prested said: “We have been made aware of the concerns raised by Coun Gibson. Officers have been out in the area to speak with residents.
“We will continue to monitor the area and encourage anyone who has information or concerns to contact us.”
Neighbourhood Policing teams can be contacted on 101.
Partners and Communities Together meetings also give residents a platform to air their concerns to officers who patrol their area where they live. PACT meeting dates can be found by visiting www.northumbria.police.uk