MP's drug campaign backed by minister

PUBLISHED: 09:57 12 November 2010




A CAMPAIGN to tackle the problem of drugs and crime in Weston has been backed by the Secretary of State.

Weston MP John Penrose’s ongoing Cleaner Weston Campaign has attracted praise from cabinet member Ken Clarke.

The initiative was launched in 2004 to tighten up the rules on the town’s drug treatment centres.

It was started as reports revealed 57 per cent of burglaries in North Somerset were committed by offenders referred to the area for drug treatment.

The campaign has so far resulted in an accreditation scheme for rehabs which has seen the number of bed spaces for addicts fall by nearly 40 per cent over the past year.

Mr Clarke said: “The Cleaner Weston Campaign is a fantastic initiative which has encouraged the whole community to work together to tackle the problem of drugs and crime in Weston.

“It’s exactly what we mean by ‘the big society’ and I’m sure it will continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Mr Penrose said: “Over the last five years, and after a lot of hard work, we managed to get the previous Government to recognise the problems and get them on board.

“I’m delighted that within six months of a new Government we’ve got the backing of such a heavyweight figure.”

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