Locals tell Gardaí of drug dealing in Blackpool

Locals tell Gardaí of drug dealing in Blackpool

Residents have said that drug dealing and drug taking was going on in the Blackpool area. Pic Denis Scannell

GARDAÍ are investigating claims of blatant drug dealing from houses in Blackpool following a number of complaints by local residents at a public meeting.

Residents have said that drug dealing and drug taking was going on in the Blackpool area, and highlighted Seminary Road, Peacock Lane and Gerald Griffin Street as prolific areas.

Solidarity councillor Fiona Ryan, who lives in the area, said residents voiced their frustration about drug dealing at the Community Safety Forum meeting with gardaí on Monday night.

She said: “It is very open and it is very obvious. It is not a nice situation to be in, people don’t feel safe.”

Ms Ryan said a number of the local laneways are also used by addicts to shoot up.

Quite a few people raised the issue at the public meeting on Monday, including local business owners and information was passed on to the Gardaí that will help in their investigations.

Inspector Adrian Gamble, who attended the meeting, said: “The community police, frontline gardaí, and detective unit are all more than aware of the problem, and we are working to address the issues.”

Insp Gamble said concerns were raised in relation to specific properties, and these would be investigated.

Ms Ryan said that it was frustrating for residents who wanted to feel safe in their own communities.

Insp Gamble said the Community Safety Forum meetings were a very useful opportunity for residents, businesses, and gardaí to collaborate and share information, and he greatly appreciated the large volume of people who turned up to attend the Blackpool meeting.

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