'Town's drug crime is now out of hand'

First published in Local

A ZERO tolerance approach is needed to tackle drug-related crime in Bewdley , which is now “getting out of hand”, according to a town councillor.

Derek Killingworth is calling for action following a number of recent incidents in the town, in-cluding an alleged burglary at a commercial premises – for which a man has been arrested and charged - and a street assault.

Police said they believed some of the offences committed in the town over recent weeks were drug related, adding they were taking “positive action”.

Mr Killingworth said the problem had now started to get out of control, just days after he told The Shuttle drug addicts and alcoholics were menacing people in the town by begging to fund their habits.

The Independent Community and Health Concern member said people were living in fear of be-ing approached in Bewdley, adding the town was “under attack”.

“I think the time has come for a zero tolerance approach to these people ,”he explained.

“It’ s get-ting out of hand now. It’ s rife and they have really got to stop. Something has got to be done.

“I’m quite sure the majority of people who live in Bewdley would agree .

"They shouldn’t be forced to live in fear just because of a minority of people who are breaking the law.”

He added the problem had gradually escalated over the past two months and wanted to see more police on the streets in the d y.

“We’ve got a whole town literally under attack and something has got to be done ,” said Mr Kill-ingwor th.

“It’s getting to the stage where people can’t walk down the streets without getting ap-proached.”

Police said they had identified a man who had been asking people for money and were considering options for dealing with him.

Wyre Forest District Inspector Paul Crowley said: “We understand people’s concerns and we are taking positive action.

A number of people have been arrested and charged with thefts from shops in the town and we believe some of those are drug related.

"We will continue to act robustly and prosecute when we have the evidence to do so .”

PC Steve Thomas attended a meeting about crime in the town with about 50 traders .

A meeting between officers and Bewdley Town Council is also planned.

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10:35am Mon 17 Feb 14

Kiddy Echo says...

Who proof reads your stuff?
'Kill-ingwor th'
'be-ing'
'ap-roached-
'streets in the d y'

Unbelievable. You wouldn't see that kind of unprofessional behaviour on the Echo
Who proof reads your stuff? 'Kill-ingwor th' 'be-ing' 'ap-roached- 'streets in the d y' Unbelievable. You wouldn't see that kind of unprofessional behaviour on the Echo Kiddy Echo
  • Score: 3

3:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Sad to see such emotive language being consistently used by politicians.
Promoting a sense of despair. Linking people to the appropriate services is far more productive than inappropriate disclosure and scape-goating.
Sad to see such emotive language being consistently used by politicians. Promoting a sense of despair. Linking people to the appropriate services is far more productive than inappropriate disclosure and scape-goating. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 7

4:00pm Mon 17 Feb 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Maybe liaising with http://www.kiddermin
stershuttle.co.uk/ne
ws/11015464.Crime_sh
op_opening_in_Bewdle
y/
would be more productive.
Maybe liaising with http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/11015464.Crime_sh op_opening_in_Bewdle y/ would be more productive. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

JKay00 says...

Yeah, not being hyperbolic or anything.......

Goodness, Mr Killingworth would have a heart attack if he came to visit Manchester.
Yeah, not being hyperbolic or anything....... Goodness, Mr Killingworth would have a heart attack if he came to visit Manchester. JKay00
  • Score: 6

12:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

Jonno992 says...

'Police said they had identified a man who had been asking people for money and were considering options for dealing with him'

So there going to do F**k all, as per usual then
'Police said they had identified a man who had been asking people for money and were considering options for dealing with him' So there going to do F**k all, as per usual then Jonno992
  • Score: 1

3:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

adskii says...

I thought Kidderminster was the slum town of the Wyre Forest?
I thought Kidderminster was the slum town of the Wyre Forest? adskii
  • Score: -3

3:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

the batshake says...

So where do you live adskii?
So where do you live adskii? the batshake
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4:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Ez Whitehead says...

I heard one well built gentleman was asking people far fetched stories in order to gain £2.00 for alcohol. He always left when refused. Probably the most overblown story i've ever read. Bewdley as the Bronx. Lol.
I heard one well built gentleman was asking people far fetched stories in order to gain £2.00 for alcohol. He always left when refused. Probably the most overblown story i've ever read. Bewdley as the Bronx. Lol. Ez Whitehead
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

sallysludgebucket says...

Then you dont live on Wribbenhall, the level of concern was highlighted by over 160 residents attending the PACT meeting on Tuesday night on Shaw Hedge Road.
The police had to rush out of the meeting to reports of break ins. the level of anti social behaviour is now such that many are confined to there homes, OAPs unable to even go and fetch a pint of milk for fear of aggressive begging and intimidation.
I have earned my right to comment the hard way, I hope others do not have too.
Then you dont live on Wribbenhall, the level of concern was highlighted by over 160 residents attending the PACT meeting on Tuesday night on Shaw Hedge Road. The police had to rush out of the meeting to reports of break ins. the level of anti social behaviour is now such that many are confined to there homes, OAPs unable to even go and fetch a pint of milk for fear of aggressive begging and intimidation. I have earned my right to comment the hard way, I hope others do not have too. sallysludgebucket
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

JKay00 says...

Well, at least we know where they can film the British remake of The Wire.. (or would that be The Wyre?, oh I'm so witty)
Well, at least we know where they can film the British remake of The Wire.. (or would that be The Wyre?, oh I'm so witty) JKay00
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