Action needed from PSNI to tackle drug trade - Hargey
Sinn Féin Councillor Deirdre Hargey has expressed her alarm at the apparent lack of action to tackle drugs dealers in South Belfast.
Commenting on a recent Spotlight programme which highlighted the rise in heroin use in Belfast, Cllr Hargey said:
"The exposure of the drugs problem in South Belfast should come as no surprise to those statutory agencies, including the PSNI, who have a responsibility to tackle this scourge.
"During the summer, Sinn Féin, along with community representatives from the lower Ormeau, met with the PSNI to express our concern at the apparent rise in drug activity in the area.
"This came on the back of the discovery of used syringes in the street by local residents and reports of open drug dealing taking place in the community.
"However, I am shocked that Spotlight was able to gather extensive information on drug dealing from the area, including the sale of heroin, while apparently the PSNI were not.
"Many local people will be concerned of the apparent inability of the PSNI to arrest and charge those responsible for polluting local communities with illegal drugs.
"I would encourage anyone who has any information on the illegal drugs trade to pass it on to the relevant authorities.
"For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to do our utmost to ensure that the PSNI act on whatever information they receive."