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Hammersmith residents report neighbourhood drug dealing

Hammersmith families are taking to FixMyStreet to complain about open drug dealing taking place in their neighbourhood. 

Residents of Netherwood Road have reported the disposal and illicit dealing of crack cocaine, which is often sold through the disguise of dog waste disposal bags.

They claim that dealers would leave the bags on the street for other users to collect later in the day. 

One example given was at 10am on 27 July, when one Netherwood Road resident said they looked out of the window to see gangs taking, dealing and selling drugs.

Residents then went on the FixMyStreet site to raise awareness and complain to the police, with one user saying there is “no evidence of police or PCSOs efforts to deter”.  

This follows a reported rise of drug use in the area, after similar claims were filed by residents on Freston Road in Chelsea, only a mile away. 

A FixMyStreet user wrote: “Every Saturday and Sunday in the morning you can find tons of laughing canisters on the floor of the car park.”

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has been dealing with the phenomenon known as ‘crack streets’, where drug users in the area tend to squat, since last winter.

However, the issue appears to have now spread, reaching the adjacent Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council as well.

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