David Guetta & Kelly Rowland: When Love Takes OveriTunesAmazon

David Guetta & Kelly Rowland: When Love Takes OveriTunesAmazon

Escalating drugs concerns in North Yorkshire after teenager’s death

Escalating drugs concerns in North Yorkshire after teenager’s death

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Stuart Minting at 5:27pm 16th May 2019.

The escalating battle against drugs in a county which boasts the lowest crime rate in England and Wales has been laid bare, just days after the death of a schoolgirl who police believe had taken ecstasy.

  • Police commissioner Julia Mulligan says there's been an "alarming rise" in drug-related concerns
  • It's after the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton
  • A meeting heard drug use has increased in villages - involving girls as young as 13

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said there had been an alarming rise in drug-related concerns ahead of the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton.

A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel was told girls as young as 13 were being drawn into drugs and over the past few years there had been a significant rise in drugs use and dealing “in places you wouldn’t think”, such as in villages on the edge of towns.

Will Naylor, the deputy commissioner, said:

“We think the scale is probably bigger than is understood currently by the police.”

Mrs Mulligan issued her concerns to the panel after Northallerton councillor Peter Wilkinson asked the commissioner if she believed North Yorkshire Police were being successful in tackling drug dealing in the county and whether County Lines drug dealing was a major issue.

Mrs Mulligan said:

“I am, and the chief constable is extremely concerned about drugs in the county at the moment. Extremely concerned.

“We have delivered a series of public surgeries and have never seen so many members of the public coming in with drugs concerns.

"I think it is one of the biggest issues we have got in the county at the minute.”

When asked if she believed drug use was increasing, Mrs Mulligan said:

“Yes. I’ve got two teenage daughters and they tell me what they see in Skipton.

"It’s pretty horrific.”

The meeting at County Hall in Northallerton heard while the commissioner believed the North Yorkshire force was doing “a pretty good job” in tackling the drug trade, rooting out the criminals was difficult as many came from metropolitan areas such as Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

Mrs Mulligan said:

“It is incumbent upon those host forces to take significant action to deal with those criminals that are using their areas as the base for their activities and exploiting a whole range of different people as they pursue their business.

“We have seen a whole range of nasty tactics being used around things called cuckooing, exploiting young people to be mules for drugs, we’ve seen violence on the streets because we’ve got external gangs coming in fighting with local drug dealers, often with knives, we’ve had some stabbings in relation to this.

"It is an area of major concern.”

The meeting heard forces in rural areas such as North Yorkshire were missing out on Government funding to tackle violent crime due to it being linked to cases dealt with by accident and emergency units, and many serious cases in North Yorkshire went to hospitals in the Cleveland and West Yorkshire forces areas.

Mrs Mulligan added the issue was also being exacerbated by people buying cocaine for social use at dinner parties, and urged those that did to consider the harm and violence that had gone into supplying the drug.

After the meeting, Cllr Wilkinson said: 

“I was concerned to learn how bad the drug problem has become in North Yorkshire and how young some of the children taking drugs were.”

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Older article

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is back on TV

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’ starts tomorrow (Friday, 17 May)

Top articles

Man, 65, made fake bomb threat to get date with flight attendant

World: A 65-year-old man has admitted making a fake bomb threat in the hope of getting a date with a flight attendant.

Is running bad for your joints?

Lifestyle: Local chiropractor offers advice at Race for Life 2019.

Vitality Netball World Cup: England prepare for semi-final against New Zealand

Sport: Tracey Neville is refusing to let herself get carried away as England prepare for a World Cup semi-final in front of an expectant crowd sensing a history-making weekend in Liverpool.

Shaun Ryder on early nights, hair loss, and watching Watership Down with Bez

Showbiz: Shaun Ryder wants to know what day it is. His brow furrows as he does some quick working out on his fingers. "Wednesday? Wednesday! Coronation Street! Brilliant."

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

WATCH: First look at Disney's Mulan live action

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: In the remake of the animated movie, Mulan will try to bring honour to her family.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

Local school success in green poem competition

Education: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

North Yorkshire woman taking on epic swimming challenge for charity

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Jacqui Hargrave will swim Lake Windermere 'two ways' for St Michael's Hospice.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

Beth Parsons leaves Stray FM

Stray FM Station News: A childhood listener who's dream came true is off to pastures new.

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.


Are you going on an abroad holiday this year?

Trending in Yorkshire

Long delays expected on the A59

Roadworks due on Sunday.

Search for the next Oasis or Westlife is on

It's part of a Martin House Hospice competition

Weapons amnesty underway in North Yorkshire

You have two weeks to hand in any weapons that you shouldn't have.

More news...