Concern raised over Strabane ‘drug den’ in popular walking area

Concerns have been raised about drug dealing and use in an area commonly used by families in Co Tyrone[1].

The area off the Park Road in Strabane is used frequently by those in the local community as a walking route.

Sinn Féin representative Brian “Barney” Harte, who is to stand for the the Sperrin area in the upcoming local elections, says residents are concerned the area is being used as a “drug den”.

“I have been contacted over the weekend by a number of residents of the rural part of Park Road who are deeply concerned that their area is being used as a drugs den,” Harte said.

“There has been a massive increase of traffic at night time along the old railway line running down to the bollards at McKinney’s bridge.

“On investigation, residents found a large number of discarded bags and other evidence of heavy drug use.

“It would seem either people are driving down to this isolated area to take drugs or dealers are driving down there to sell to young people.

“As this road is popular for families out walking there are concerns that young children could find these bags and think they are confectionary or dogs could digest them.

The election candidate called on the PSNI[3] to ‘step up patrols’ in the area to combat the activities.


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