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Shock at men injecting at Wigan park

The group spotted injecting themselves in Mesnes Park in broad daylight
The group spotted injecting themselves in Mesnes Park in broad daylight

A shocked Wigan resident was horrified to see a group of men injecting themselves in an iconic town centre park in broad daylight.

Around four individuals were spotted loitering in the bushes of Mesnes Park and using syringes for around an hour.

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An enormous pile of drug paraphernalia, including wrappers for clean needles, sterile wipes, syringes and a number of burnt-looking items, were found in the area.

The group were clearly visible from Park Road as they were taking the substances close to the bowling greens and ornamental lake at the park which is one of Wigan’s green jewels in the crown.

Drug activity in such a high-profile location which is visited by so many Wiganers has caused deep concern to the resident who spotted it.

The eyewitness said: “I thought it was disgusting and I was shocked because it was happening in broad daylight.

“A few hours later we went to see if they had taken the stuff with them and they had left it all behind.

“It was just sickening. Children and dog walkers go into the park and it is very dangerous.

“People need to know what is happening in an area where families go.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have been contacted about the concerning incident, which happened last Wednesday.

Wigan Council said it is determined to tackle drug use in the borough.

Will Blandamer, assistant director for partnerships safeguarding and reform, said: “There is lots of work ongoing across the borough to address drug and anti-social behaviour issues.

“Our early drug warning system is in place which gives different organisations the chance to share information and details of incidents swiftly to help draw up patterns of drug use in the local and surrounding areas. It also helps frontline services get the most up-to-date information.

“We are aware of current anti-social behaviour issues in the wider Swinley area and, alongside GMP and our other partners, we are committed to taking action to reduce these concerns and to make sure that residents feel safe and secure in their community. Hotspots have been identified and patrols are taking place in the area.”

Drug use should be reported to the police on 101 and addiction support is available from Addaction on 01942 487578.