Virendra Sharma MP continues to fight against the misuse of drugs
The misuse of drugs has long been an issue to plague certain areas of our local community. These areas affected by drug abuse know no colour or race, it has affected almost all of us at some point, people can be scared to even step out of their front doors.
The misuse of drugs has many detrimental effects, not just physical; it destroys health, breaks apart families, reduces those around misuse to poverty and often leads to crime. I have been working closely with local law enforcement to combat the abuse of substances across Southall and Ealing that hurt our community. Some of the drugs used are so called 'legal highs' but legislation has been brought in to outlaw even these rapidly changing drugs.
In a recent operation by the Metropolitan Police to crackdown on drug dealers across London, there have been a number of high profile local arrests. Only last year, a dozen members of the notorious Southall based “AZ” gang were arrested for operating a sophisticated supply network of crack and heroine. Between them they were given a total of 46 years behind bars. With those most brazen offenders a custodial sentence is often the only answer, but Ealing Police have also worked to keep people best served by a non custodial sentences out of prison. Since April last year the police have reported that there have been a total of 105 drug related crimes in Southall and Ealing, making up 4% of all crimes in the area. This is a relatively small number in comparison to other London boroughs such as Westminster, Camden and Hackney which have seen this percentage rise up to over 10%.
Nonetheless I have continued to voice concerns over the damaging effects drugs and other substances can have on my constituents.
We have seen great progress over the past few years, however the fight against drug abuse is not over. I will continue working hard with the police to reduce the number of drug related crimes even further, and in the process create a better and safer environment for everyone to live in.”
If you are aware of and want to report any drug crime you can dial ‘101’ to reach the non-emergency line or you can visit either the Ealing or Southall Police Station.
Ealing Police Station
67-69 Uxbridge Road Ealing W5 5SJ
Southall Police Station
67 High Street Southall Middlesex UB1 3HG
If you are looking for advice and help in regards to drugs you can contact or visit the:
Recovery Intervention Services Ealing (RISE), which offers free and confidential support to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in, or is registered with a GP, in Ealing or Southall Address: 3-4 Featherstone Terrace Southall Middlesex UB2 5AL Telephone: 02088435900