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Police under fire after heroin seizure

Thursday, 14 June 2018

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AN Antrim family who bravely alerted police to hard drug use under their roof have voiced 'serious concerns' about the PSNI's handling of the discovery.
An elderly local woman blew the whistle after she observed a man 'in a woolly hat' injecting himself in a family member's bedroom.
When relatives searched the room, they found scores of syringes - some still containing remnants of what appears to be heroin - along with other drug paraphernalia including tin foil wraps and burners.
They called the police who duly arrived but left a short time later adamant that they could not carry out a thorough search of the property.
“We feel [the elderly woman] was badly let down and ultimately put at risk," a family spokesperson said.
The syringes and paraphernalia were later removed by police at the behest of local drugs campaigner, Tracy Bell.
“This incident poses serious questions for the PSNI," she said.
Meanwhile, a second public meeting to address Antrim's 'drug epidemic' will be held in Stiles Community Centre on June 21 at 7pm.
*Full reports in this week's Antrim Guardian

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