Liz Harsant was elected Councillor in 2002 to represent Holywells Ward and in 2004 became Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, in a joint administration (Conservatives /Lib Dems) for 6½ years. Amongst other things, community spirit is one of the reasons that Liz writes for Waterfront Life.
In this changing world, we have learnt to understand that for some people life is pretty hard and some have fallen victim to becoming drug users. I say victim because I expect if they could turn the clock back, they would never have gone down this route. Some are enticed into drug taking for sinister reasons e.g. sexual exploitation; which is something none of us can possibly understand or tolerate, but we know it is happening with young girls - often under the age of consent.
So, we the residents of Ipswich, are often quite horrified when we find disposed needles laying around the parks we use to walk our dogs, or in churchyards where we go to Church, or where we take our children to Playgroups. The Council, in conjunction with the Police, have been very proactive in trying to stop drug dealing in and around Ipswich, but as we know, it still goes on. As Councillors, we receive information on a monthly basis of needle finds; sometimes there is a drop in the number of finds in a specific area which might have been targeted by the police and then of course an increase somewhere else. The Police have a number of contact details for the general public which I am listing below:
Discarded needles and drug litter on both public and private land can be reported to the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 01473 433000 or online at https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/report
Drug related activity can be reported as follows:
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 (Anonymous – no personal details requested)
Contact PC 1471 Matt Jay or PC 1514 Rebecca Lynn on 01473 613888 (ext. 3238)
None of this takes away the sadness of drug taking, the need for us all to be vigilant in removing drug dealers from our streets and protecting the young & vulnerable in our society from these wicked people.