Alarm at drug canisters in Wigan churchyard

Drug paraphernalia in the churchyard
Drug paraphernalia in the churchyard

A community campaigner has called for a crackdown on anti-social behaviour after he was horrified to find drug paraphernalia in a churchyard.

Michael Moulding was shocked to discover nitrous oxide canisters and balloons under a bench and littering the grass at St Thomas and St Luke’s Church in Ashton.

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He immediately cleared up the area following the unwelcome discovery at the Warrington Road location last Wednesday and has blasted those responsible.

Mr Moulding said: “Some people have obviously been having a very good time in the church ground. That is completely inappropriate and unacceptable.

Anti-social behaviour in this area is bad enough as it is without people taking these substances in an uncontrolled manner.

“I’m concerned about the people who are selling these things and those who are using them as drugs.

“In my opinion the council is going to have to do something.”

Mr Moulding said he picked up around 15 or 16 small canisters, each a few centimetres long, from the church grounds.

He has now informed both Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police about the drug paraphernalia.