Russell Brand slammed for labelling Weston a ‘junky town’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:58 30 August 2012

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

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COMEDIAN Russell Brand has been slammed for labelling Weston a ‘junky town’.

He will perform in the town next week, and he took to social networking site Twitter last night (Weds) to talk about the upcoming date at The Playhouse Theatre.

In a post on the site, he said: “Let me take you to JUNKY TOWN. Gig in Weston SM next Tuesday - COME!!”

Some 5.3 million people follow Brand on Twitter, and all could have seen the disparaging remark.

The controversial comic’s words have been criticised by the town’s mayor who branded the comment ‘disappointing’, with the town working hard to shed its image of being a haven for drug and alcohol addicts.

The Mercury reported last week that the number of drug rehab spaces in the resort has nearly halved in the past six years – a figure that was hailed as ‘really impressive progress’ by town MP John Penrose.

Town mayor David Hitchins said of the comment: “It is disappointing because I don’t think he has given the town a fair chance, or the people who are working here for the good of the town.

“It’s annoying that he has chosen to say this about the town when he clearly hasn’t been here for a while and there are a lot of people here working hard for the benefit of Weston.

“When he comes I think he should have a good look around the town and see the real Weston.

Mr Penrose has used his role as the town’s MP to campaign for better service for drug addicts sent to Weston for treatment so they do not relapse and turn to crime.

And over his time as MP the number of rehab premises has dropped from 40 to 25 and the total number of patient beds has been reduced from 500 to 262.

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