A den, which was a haunt for drugs, drinking and anti-social behaviour in a rural village, has been cleared, following community concerns.
In September, we reported how youths were gathering at the spot, close to Ladyburn House, in Hadston, causing a nuisance and frightening elderly people .
A concerned resident said at the time that he feared that a youngster would die of solvent or substance abuse.
Now, action has been taken by a partnership involving Northumberland County Council, Isos Housing – which manages Ladyburn – and the police.
Following the removal of the den, county councillor Scott Dickinson said: “A minority of this sort disrupting the peace of the many will not be tolerated in any community.”
The issue had been discussed at the Morpeth Local Multi-agency Problem-solving meeting and a visit to the den found discarded beer cans/bottles, cigarette packs, empty aerosol tins and drug paraphernalia.
The local police neighbourhood team stepped up patrols in the area and Isos carried out a residents’ survey.
As well as removing the den, smaller amounts of debris have been cleared from Red Row Welfare and Hadston’s Community Park.
The partners will meet this month to assess the situation and review progress. There is also an aim to raise awareness within the community about drug, solvent and alcohol abuse.