Drug den' man named

A MAN who died in an alleged Dewsbury drugs den has been named as a 40yearold Westtown resident.

Darren Thornton, of Cemetery Road, was found in a flat at Beech Walk in the Eightlands area on June 19.

He died from a suspected overdose. Three men arrested on suspicion of administering controlled drugs are still on bail.

The Press reported last week the Beech Walk flat is central to drug taking activities in the neighbourhood.

Addicts and users are said by locals to visit the flat at all times of day and night.

Residents supplied property managers at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) with dossiers on the alleged goingson.

Police have already held talks with KNH about how to pursue the case and another meeting is due on Monday.

A KNH spokesman said: “Evidence collected by the community has been helpful and our enquiries are continuing.

“Any future legal action involving the tenancy will use this evidence as part of a community impact statement.

“KNH is working closely with local people, the police and other agencies. We will take whatever action we can to bring respite to the residents.”

Media coverage has also prompted others to come forward with information about other drug dealing problems.

A business owner, who did not want to be named, said Asian youths regularly deal drugs to users down Mill Road in Batley Carr.

He claimed it happens at all hours but the dealers cleverly hand out quantities small enough to make a ‘personal use’ justification in case they are stopped and searched by police.

“They go down Mill Road because they think it’s quiet, out of the way and that nobody’s watching. But they’re wrong,” he said.

Anyone who has information about drug dealing can call the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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