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Crime rise in Kings Langley blamed on drug use
A rise in crime figures in Kings Langley has been attributed to a spike in drug related offences in the village.
Calls from residents highlighting Barnes Lane and Langley Lodge Lane as areas where young people have been seen congregating and smoking cannabis were noted as contributing factors at a Kings Langley parish council meeting.
Between April and June there were no reports of drug use in the village and in July and August two drug related crimes were reported in each month.
However in September there was the highest number of drug related crimes in the village over the past six months, with five reports of drug-related crimes.
Ian Martin, neighbourhood safety team officer for the village, said: "Crime statistics in Kings Langley have been higher this year due to the increase in drug statistics.
"Residents have rung in with their concerns regarding youths using drugs in Barnes Lane, The Common and Langley Lodge Lange and we will do our best to patrol the area."
Overall crime statistics in the village have been noted as higher than usual because of the noted rise of drug crimes between January and September, where a total of 21 drug related crimes have been reported.
Chairman Councillor Bob McLean, said: "I was surprised when I heard the statistics.
"I don’t believe we have a problem with drugs in Kings Langley and statistics of crime are very low and that is how we would like to keep it.
"I do not think we have a problem and I hope we don’t have a problem with youths taking drugs in the village."
The crime statistics were revealed at a Kings Langley parish council meeting on Tuesday October 2.
Inspector George Holland, said: "I would like to reassure residents that the number of drug offences in Kings Langley since the start of the year are extremely low.
"However, we are not complacent and will take a proactive approach should any intelligence be reported suggesting there are issues with drugs in the area.
"If anyone does have any concerns I would encourage them to report it to us or Crimestoppers anonymously so we can act accordingly."