Empty drug packets found at Bishop's Cleeve youth shelter
PENSIONER Sylvia Hughes says she was horrified when she found empty drug packets at a new hangout for young people.
The 69 year old found the packets and a contraceptive at a youth shelter behind her home in Pecked Lane, Bishop's Cleeve.
The shelter was only opened in December.
Ms Hughes is now worried warmer weather will invite more trouble as young people flock to the shelter.
She said: "Can you imagine when I found the packets in the shelter? It was absolutely disgusting.
"That is where some children are expected to play.
"We have said before that putting a youth shelter there will cause problems. The people around here were not asked if we wanted a shelter."
She added: "Those packets looked like they could have contained cannabis. What else could it be?
"I took them to the police, but there is not much they can do, I guess.
"The shelter is so close to my back garden that when people gather there late at night, it disturbs my sleep.
"It was exactly what I expected to happen. It is not going to be the well-behaved children who are using that shelter.
"In nicer weather, things are just going to get worse. This happened in the cold weather – can you imagine how bad it is going to be?"
Residents attended December's parish council meeting to voice their fears about the shelter. The small shelter was installed using money from developments of new houses in the village.
Parish council chairman Peter Lightfoot said consultation was carried out before the shelter was put up.
He said: "It is a shelter for the community. For the first month, we had one of the councillors monitoring the site, and he found nothing wrong.
"We believe we followed the guidelines needed to put up the shelter. We are providing a space for people and putting in facilities for the enjoyment of the community.
"This is a problem for the police and I hope there will not be more trouble there."