Drug users dump paraphernalia at Brighton children's centre

Laura Wigg outside the Tarner Children's Centre

Laura Wigg outside the Tarner Children's Centre

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Angry Brighton parents have condemned drug users for shooting up at a children's centre.

Brighton and Hove City Council wants to build a two metre fence around Tarner Children's Centre, which holds regular sessions for pre-school children, to keep out drug-using trespassers.

Centre staff have had to call in cleaning staff to clear away rubbish dumped at the centre - including a discarded sofa and syringes.

It is hoped that building the metal fence between the children's centre and its car park will stop trespassers and alleviate parent and staff concerns about the safety of the children at the centre.

Drug users have been using the shade offered by a flint wall at the side of the council-owned centre in Ivory Place in Brighton to shoot up in the bad weather.

No children, parents or staff have been injured by the syringes or other waste.

Yesterday angry parents told The Argus that they were disgusted that drug users would choose the clearly signposted children's centre to feed their habit.

Expectant mother Laura Wigg, 26, said: “I think it's disgusting, they should not be doing it here, they should be doing it in their own homes.

“I have the same problem in my block of flats where we have a lot of families living and we have druggies hanging around the stairs.

“My daughter has seen needles and said 'what's that?' and I say 'get away from that, don't go anywhere near it'.

“It's sad you can't keep anything from kids nowadays.”

Another mother who did not wish to be named said: “I can't imagine why they would want to do it here.

“They are not really thinking.

“I don't think they are out to get the kids, it's just that they are thoughtless.

“They are addicted and just do it anywhere.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “We are vigilant about maintaining our children's centre buildings and will take action when issues arise.

“Staff at Tarner Children's Centre reported items being discarded behind the building out of office hours.

“Children and families visiting the centre do not use this part of the building but the emergency exit leads out to this area.”

A decision on the fencing is due to be made by Brighton and Hove City Council's planning committee in April and the work will be subject to permission and funding.

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7:19am Wed 19 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

On street drug use has been a problem in this area for many years, I have caught junkies shooting up on the Albion Hill estate before now. The situation was a lot worse before they got rid of the "dial a deal" phone box some years back (BT didn't want to take it out as it was making so much money!).

It is long overdue that we treat drug addiction in a more sophisticated way and one thing would be to provide safe places away from the street to shoot up, places where drug addicts could be encouraged to seek treatment and go clean. Shooting up in the street is the cost outcome for all of us and that is what we have got.
On street drug use has been a problem in this area for many years, I have caught junkies shooting up on the Albion Hill estate before now. The situation was a lot worse before they got rid of the "dial a deal" phone box some years back (BT didn't want to take it out as it was making so much money!). It is long overdue that we treat drug addiction in a more sophisticated way and one thing would be to provide safe places away from the street to shoot up, places where drug addicts could be encouraged to seek treatment and go clean. Shooting up in the street is the cost outcome for all of us and that is what we have got. HJarrs
  • Score: 5

8:28am Wed 19 Feb 14

qm says...

And not a mention of Police involvement! Oh, sorry, my bad - what Police?
And not a mention of Police involvement! Oh, sorry, my bad - what Police? qm
  • Score: 0

10:11am Wed 19 Feb 14

Jimmbob says...

There isn't any excuse for leaning your pins behind, 17 years ago I was an addict and would inject numerous times each day, but never once did I leave my needles anywhere, there are enough chemists that take used needles and get rid of them for you and in Brighton there are loads all over the place, some even open until the early hours so for me, an ex drug addict these users are scum bags and thats coming from an ex junkie!
Thankfully I've been clean now for 17 years but I still can't get my head around these kind of people!
There isn't any excuse for leaning your pins behind, 17 years ago I was an addict and would inject numerous times each day, but never once did I leave my needles anywhere, there are enough chemists that take used needles and get rid of them for you and in Brighton there are loads all over the place, some even open until the early hours so for me, an ex drug addict these users are scum bags and thats coming from an ex junkie! Thankfully I've been clean now for 17 years but I still can't get my head around these kind of people! Jimmbob
  • Score: 21

11:01am Wed 19 Feb 14

tooned_in says...

The last thing on an addicts mind is consideration for others, the root of the problem lies in the inability of the courts to look up addicts that commit crime, they are given drug rehabilitation orders and just sent back to their normal lifestyles, its a cycle that never breaks.
I had heroin users and dealers as neighbours, police would arrest and charge them, put them in front of the courts for various offenses and then they'd reappear the next day in their lovely flat the tax payers funded residence.
This softly softly approach clearly isnt working.
The last thing on an addicts mind is consideration for others, the root of the problem lies in the inability of the courts to look up addicts that commit crime, they are given drug rehabilitation orders and just sent back to their normal lifestyles, its a cycle that never breaks. I had heroin users and dealers as neighbours, police would arrest and charge them, put them in front of the courts for various offenses and then they'd reappear the next day in their lovely flat the tax payers funded residence. This softly softly approach clearly isnt working. tooned_in
  • Score: 9

2:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

JerryOnly says...

“I think it's disgusting, they should not be doing it here, they should be doing it in their own homes."

Really? I think they should not be doing it AT ALL and a nice long cold turkey prison sentence would be a decent incentive.
“I think it's disgusting, they should not be doing it here, they should be doing it in their own homes." Really? I think they should not be doing it AT ALL and a nice long cold turkey prison sentence would be a decent incentive. JerryOnly
  • Score: -3

3:51pm Wed 19 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

just need some real strong drugs to kill them off to sort the problem and put others off doing them soon see crime drop then.
just need some real strong drugs to kill them off to sort the problem and put others off doing them soon see crime drop then. angrymonkey
  • Score: -3

5:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

imfree! says...

Low life scum.They should give them all a nice lethal injection,no more problems and loads of money saved.Simples
Low life scum.They should give them all a nice lethal injection,no more problems and loads of money saved.Simples imfree!
  • Score: -4

11:15pm Wed 19 Feb 14

odear says...

O OK LETS GO
O OK LETS GO odear
  • Score: 0

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