(GRT MANCHESTER) People are openly injecting drugs in front of children near city centre’s new school – isn’t it time for drastic action? @MENnewsdesk asks …but this is the stark reality of people looking for another fix but leaving disused needles piled upon on the ground for children to pick up #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: This is the shocking reality of Manchester city centre’s drug and homelessness crisis in 2019: It’s 9am on a Wednesday morning and drug users have gathered in a car park off Great Ancoats Street, taking it in turns to inject and then add their discarded needles to the mountain of debris already piled up on the ground:

People taking drugs in Ancoats – yards away from New Islington Free School (Image: Supplied)

The picture was taken by mum Kirsty Riley as she dropped off her two children aged five and seven at school this week:

The blatant drug taking is happening just metres away from the rear entrance to New Islington Free School, the city centre primary that first opened in 2014 in a partnership with Manchester Grammar: Kirsty says the grim sight is a daily occurrence and has left her children frightened and confused, not to mention the fact that the drug litter is dangerous……………..”It’s disgusting and no one is doing a thing about it,” she told the Manchester Evening News …………..

“My daughter asked ‘mummy why does that man have his trousers down?’

“I was speechless, I shouldn’t have to explain that.

“Children should look forward to going to school and not have to see that.”

Parents believe drug users are choosing this spot because it’s directly outside the Urban Village Medical Practice, (UVMP) a doctor’s surgery that has been providing health care to the homeless for more than 20 years: UVMP is rated as an ‘Outstanding’ practice and runs an essential service for those on the street, including the busiest needle exchange in Manchester: Inevitably, the surgery attracts a proportion of patients with an addiction to heroin: However, the surgery says the while the images of drug-taking are ‘very concerning’, the management believes ‘the majority’ of those causing complaints are not patients at the clinic.

The Manchester Evening News understands that most people using the clean needle exchange are taking steroids and Image Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) It is believed although the needle exchange is a factor, heroin users are being drawn to the area simply because dealers have moved in, following police action in other parts of the city centre………..

“I’d put it like this, why would you go to lots of little shops when you can go to the big Tesco?” a source with knowledge of the problem told the M.E.N. “You can get needles there, you can get dealers there…………….”There was some police operations and the problem died down – now it seems to have come back…………..”The Urban Village Practice has been there twenty years and it’s not like it’s always been like this.”

Suspected drug use, yards from a primary school (Image: Supplied)

Nevertheless, as the Manchester Evening News first reported last year, there are fears that heroin use in the city centre is on the increase : It is believed dealers slashed their prices when first faced by the competition of legally-available Spice: Once Spice was criminalised and started being cut with other dangerous substances, many users turned back to heroin, which can be bought for as little as £5 a bag………………The secluded alleyways and canal towpaths of the Northern Quarter, Piccadilly Basin and Ancoats have long been a favoured spot for shooting up………………But with the opening of the school, as well as cafés, bars and hotels, the growing resident and visitor population is now rubbing up against the sharp edge of Manchester’s social problems:

The M.E.N understands that council, police and health bosses have been well aware of the problem around Ancoats and New Islington for some time, and a number of meetings were held in recent months to discuss urgent solutions:

What can, and should be done? Read the full report here: Ace Daily News, [Nov 25, 2019 at 13:51] https://t.me/acenewsdaily/205610 Growing pains ………..Last week, we reported on predictions that Manchester city centre’s population will grow to 100,000 by 2025. Councillor Pat Karney conceded it will be a ‘big challenge’ and that services such as police, schools and health will need to increase. The city’s leaders are conscious that a generation of residents who have moved […] via Ace Worldwide News Group https://ift.tt/2saQiTa

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Nov.25: 2019:

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