‘Once pleasant’ UK street has rampant drug dealing and is crawling with police
Residents of a once "pleasant" street in a UK city are fed up with the open drug dealing and constant police presence.
Hunters Road in Lozells, Birmingham, recently made unwanted headlines following the deaths of two residents in a multi-occupancy property, reports BirminghamLive.
Police said they are not treating them as suspicious at this stage. Post-mortems are due to take place in the coming weeks and the deaths have been "linked to synthetic opioid substances".
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It was just the latest in a slew of alarming events to take place on Hunters Road, with residents claiming it has become increasingly unsafe in recent years.
One said: "It's horrible. I see drug deals going on and there's constantly police around here – it's not nice."
She claimed a drunken stranger recently tried to kick her front door in before she was forced to call the police. She said: "You could literally see the door shaking."
Another concerned local, who has lived on the road for two decades, said: "It was a really quiet and pleasant road when I first moved here but it's changed over the years.
"There's constantly police – when you're trying to raise your family, it's going beyond a joke. When my daughter goes down the road, I'll stand and watch her because I don't feel it's safe for her to go on her own. I want to move from here."
She said issues such as people "doing drugs and drinking a lot" have worsened as of late, adding: "It's been nothing but a headache."
In a statement, the company responsible for the multi-occupancy property said it was "deeply saddened" by the two deaths.
A spokesperson said: "We can advise at this stage that the fatalities have been linked to synthetic opioid substances, which are being used to increase the potency of drugs being targeted towards vulnerable individuals.
"As an organisation we work to reduce the risk of substance abuse with a dedicated security team on site, dedicated support team for residents and a detailed support plan taking into account a key strategy for each resident. These lethal drugs have caused a pandemic of drug overdoses in the USA and it is feared to be becoming a major issue within the UK.
"We wish to raise awareness to the severity of this issue and call for a major investigation and action plan into the accessibility of these substances."
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