Drug Dealing: Westcliff
We understand there continues to be concerns in respect of drug dealing across the Westcliff community and we remain absolutely committed to taking robust action. There have been a number of proactive warrants executed over recent months along with properties being closed down under our Antisocial Behaviour Legislation. Recently, this has seen two houses being closed down on Canterbury Close. You said these were causing an issue - we have taken action to protect you from crime and antisocial behaviour.
We have recently become aware of an increase in the use of Nitrous Oxide gas and that our local communities report finding discarded micro cannisters on the streets. We have issued a HEALTH WARNING in respect of the recreational use of Nitrous Oxide which can have serious health risks including :
· Loss of Blood Pressure
· Heart Attack
· Bone Marrow Suppression
· Difficulty Breathing
· Poisoning of the Central Nervous System
The above risks can increase if combined with alcohol or other drugs. Our advice is clear - do not inhale this substance and seek medical advice if consumed.
It is an offence to supply, or offer to supply a psychoactive substance under the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016 - which could lead to a sentence of up to 7 years and / or a fine if convicted.
This work will continue. We are working hard to understand the nature of this problem and urge members of the public to report their concerns to their local team, to police through the 101 number or alternatively, by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers (0800 555 111).
3 October 2019 update
There has been several arrests of local drug dealers in the area these involving local youths. We continue gathering intelligence to disrupt and arrest local dealers and will continue with high visibility patrols to reassure the public.