YOUTHS drinking alcohol and taking drugs near Leigh’s war memorial and a lack of police action to deter them has disappointed residents in the town.
Residents who have logged complaints to the police feel not enough is being done to tackle the anti-social behaviour of youths hanging around the war statue in the cenotaph gardens. as officers claim there is no major problem there.
A concerned member of the public, who did not wish to be named, said; “I would like to express a total level of disgust at the lack of police interest around the blatant disrespectful use of this sacred memorial to our fallen heroes.
“There are signs all around the gardens stating it is a a no alcohol zone but low life drug dealers and alcoholics take over these gardens on a daily basis drinking, fighting among themselves, taking drugs, shouting, swearing, and abusing the public who dare to pass through.
“The police have the right to attend, search for drugs, pour alcohol away and arrest for numerous broken laws but I feel nothing is done and still this lowlife bring disrespect to the area.
“I am concerned as I have seen them try and sell drugs to youngsters who attend a club nearby,
“It is about time the gardens were policed correctly and given back to the respectful people of Leigh to enjoy and the names of our fallen heroes honoured properly.”
Inspector Simon Monks said; “We have had very few reports from members of the public, but we are aware of the problem.
“It has already been flagged up and is an ongoing issue.”