Dark side of Blackpool: residents tell of drug users “burning heroin and sniffing coke” near schools

Dark side of Blackpool: residents tell of drug users “burning heroin and sniffing coke” near schools

it’s one of britain’s iconic seaside towns known for its beach pleasure piers and the imposing blackpool tower but in recent years blackpool has been attracting attention for all the wrong reasons the town now has the highest rate of deaths related to drug misuse in england and wales it’s a battle the people here have been fighting for a number of years blackpool topped the list between 2017 and 2019 with 18.9 deaths per 100 000 people now that rate is 18 higher at 22.1 deaths but do the people of blackpool believe these grim statistics paint a fair picture of their town things in this town have got bad we went to lancashire to find out in blackpool i’ve just seen people lying about being out of the reds that much that they don’t even know who they are what they are i’ve seen people flip at people walking by because they’ve got no control or the loose sites what they are i’ve seen people in like town centres near schools burning spoons literally doing drug pickups burning error in sniffing coke uh smoking weed i’ve seen it from eight o’clock till half eight to four o’clock in the afternoon if kids walk in school kids are going to see it as far as supply and demand go well that’s always there isn’t it for whatever new job comes out and what do they maintain is it spice spice for the lower apple does it spice into caterpillars and go social or we’ve got a habit that they have to maintain in the collaboration with coke all the time it could be spice all the time and it can be quite if you’ve got harder for the spices where i think people think oh blackpool bubbling it’s always busy it’s not it’s not i’ve lived here all my life things in this town have got bad right i’ll tell them hotels are just calling it a day because it’s not just it’s not just the drug drug problem it’s the stag parties the end parties towards the sea front it’s not too bad it’s more inland i think um a lot a lot of the stuff on the sea front is quite nice it’s quite pleasant but um obviously without speaking to a lot of tourists uh i don’t know but it doesn’t seem to put people off it’s um no it’s still as popular as ever so there’s bad areas in some places good areas in some places isn’t this so yeah i’ve seen bikes been robbed uh i was literally walking up town and i watched somebody rob the bmx and rolled off with it i’ve heard stories about my mates being jumps being robbed being mugged you just you get followed a lot especially certain girls mates when somebody’s asking they’ve got spare change they’ve got up and followed them keep asking pressured them into giving the money it’s been going that for years and years blackpool has been known for druggies and alcohol there’s been going on for years and years now what do you think that is um social people not working you know i see yeah lucky like his little pit stop they know the drug deal is there and then you know what i mean it’s different when it comes to when the sun set down you know what when it’s got darker it could be different then but during the day like everybody’s sitting outside having a drink like family gathering you know with friends but we can probably go back to you know stagnate hindus things like that but during the week it’s not too bad you
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