Wakefield drugs den demolished

Insp Helen Brear, coun Monica Graham, coun David Hopkins and Police architectual liaison officer Alfie Hosker on the former site of two boat sheds that had become drug dens.

Insp Helen Brear, coun Monica Graham, coun David Hopkins and Police architectual liaison officer Alfie Hosker on the former site of two boat sheds that had become drug dens.

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A DRUGS den which was littered with dirty needles and broken glass has been demolished.

The old boat house behind Norton Street, Belle Vue, was once a haven for heroin users and arsonists.

Drug needles in the Old Boat House, behind Norton Street, Belle Vue, before it was demolished

Drug needles in the Old Boat House, behind Norton Street, Belle Vue, before it was demolished

But it has been knocked down after complaints to the council and police.

For years concerns had been raised that children, who often played around the abandoned building, could be hurt.

PC Alfie Hosker, police architectural liaison officer, said: “The boat house was in total disrepair and was quite dangerous.

“The floor was covered with needles, bottles, cans, and other drugs paraphernalia.”

The building was also a problem for firefighters who used to be called out on a regular basis as drug-users set fires to keep warm.

Coun David Hopkins said: “It has been an eyesore for some time.

“But now it is potentially an area which can be brought back into use and made more of an attraction for the community.”

The demolition has been welcomed by the newly-formed Belle Vue Community Association.

Lynn Cullen, chairman, said: “The main problems have been drugs and litter and some incidents of things being set on fire down there.

“There has been quite a lot of effort made over the last year to try and make the river side from Birch Street to Fall Ings Lock a more pleasant and safe place and people are beginning to notice a difference.”