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Problems ease after Port Talbot trouble spot is razed

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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A DERELICT building in Port Talbot town centre has been demolished after it was found to be a magnet for troublemakers and drug- takers.

Drugs paraphernalia including used syringes was found scattered around the large building in Cramic Way.

PCSO Andrew Balzano teamed up with Neath Port Talbot Council to tackle the problems, which also included complaints of antisocial behaviour by other businesses in the area.

And since the building was razed, local companies have reported the problems there have eased.

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A police spokesman said: "PCSO Balzano has been working in partnership with the local authority to tackle problems that have arisen from the large derelict building that remains at Cramic way in Port Talbot.

"The environmental health and trading standards service became aware from the local police officers via the Toast Project, which is a service which helps rough sleepers to access housing, healthcare and support.

"It became apparent the location was being used as shelter and for substance misuse, as all sorts of drug paraphernalia including used syringes were scattered around the site, which was derelict and open to access."

The spokesman said the building had since been demolished as a result of partnership work with the local authority and the arson reduction team.

"Since the demolition of the building, local business have commented on a significant reduction in antisocial behaviour they have been experiencing and a decline in known local users of substance abusers frequenting the location," he added.

Council leader Ali Thomas said: "This is another fine example where partnership working involving staff from the local authority and the police has proved successful in the speedy resolution of a problem.

"It was a serious danger to public health and further resulted in the removal of an eyesore building close to Port Talbot town centre and the main railway line."

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