Drogheda Independent

| 11.1°C Dublin

Concerns over drug use in town cemetery

Close

The signs of drug-taking in St Peter’s Cemetery

The signs of drug-taking in St Peter’s Cemetery

Canon Eugene Sweeney says the issue is 'worrying'

Canon Eugene Sweeney says the issue is 'worrying'

Discarded syringes

Discarded syringes

The area at Bully’s Acre

The area at Bully’s Acre

/

The signs of drug-taking in St Peter’s Cemetery

Locals have expressed shock and anger at the ongoing drugs issue in parts of Drogheda - with St Peter's Cemetery being used for drug dealing and steps leading to the railway tracks close to Bully's Acre on the southside of town another key location.

Witnesses say that the sale and supply of drugs in a car park at Bully's Acre, right across the road from Calvary graveyard, is pretty obvious.

Last week, a witness told the Drogheda Independent that they spotted a number of people simply walking up a set of steps with yellow safety handles and collecting drugs from individuals who were on the tracks and handing them across a steel gate.

Other people pulled up in cars for collection before driving off.

St Peter's cemetery also has a problem with drugs and people have been spotted injecting themselves close to the grave of Mother Mary Martin in broad daylight.

Needles were also found in the cemetery last week, discarded after use.

Parish Priest Fr Eugene Sweeney has asked people who notice anything suspicious, in relation to drug use in the cemetery, to contact the parish and the gardai.

He also asked people to make contact if they come across discarded needles and not to pick them up.

He said the reports of drug use in the cemetery were disturbing and worrying.

Supt Andrew Watters confirmed that a number of 'targeted intelligence led operations' were underway in Drogheda and these would be continuing.

Since the Drogheda Divisional Drugs unit was established, there have been 90 arrests for the sale or supply of drugs.

The Drogheda feud centred on the drugs trade and he says it will be an everlasting problem, but the fight to catch those involved continues.

'If people have information, then get in touch with us,' he advised.

Drogheda Independent