Wheelie Bins 'Used for Drug Drops' in West Ealing
Claim made that dealers operate with impunity on Green Man Estate
Criminals are reportedly using wheelie bins for drug drops in West Ealing, with one resident saying his father stumbled across a 100-gram bag of what appeared to be cocaine in the family bin.
The man, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, said the activity and the general drug dealing going on in the area was causing serious concern among residents.
He said: “It's been the case on several occasions we've heard fumblings outside in the middle of the night, and we've reported it to the police.”
“At one stage one of my family members opened the curtains upstairs and saw some men digging into the bin, then quickly jumping into a car and driving away. This was happening two, three nights a week maybe.”
When the man's father found the drugs in the bin, he called the police, but nothing was done, and he ended up disposing of it.
In an email shown to the Local Democracy Service, the police's local Safer Communities Team confirmed that a number of similar drug dealing complaints had been lodged in the area.
The Police Partnership & Prevention hub said in a statement that the use of wheelie bins for drug drops isn't new.
However, there had been very few reports in the West Ealing area that specified the use of a wheelie bin or suggested any trends that the Police could reasonably act upon.
The hub said: “The Police do acknowledge there is an elevated level of drug use in the area of the Green Man Estate.
“Proactive teams and the SNT (Safer Neighbourhoods Team) are regularly conducting local operations and HVP's to disrupt and prevent these drug orientated activities.
“We are committed to tackling drug associated crime, reducing repeat victims and delivering an enhanced level of service for the vulnerable.”
However, the local man was not convinced, and said he was worried the complaints wouldn't be taken seriously until a resident left their house and ran across one of the drug traffickers.
He said: “They could stumble across one of these gentlemen, they get startled, and before you know it – as you hear in the news all the time – they get stabbed.”
The man said drug dealers were operating with impunity in the area, and dealing in broad daylight in the roads around the Green Man Estate.
He said: “It needs to be dealt with now. It's absolutely shocking what's happening at the moment.”
“I've put this forward to all councillors, all MPs, every single person who is in a position of power that I can.”
“You can just sense something is about to happen, because it's getting worse and worse by the day.”
Ged Cann - Local Democracy Reporter
August 24, 2019