A once-dubbed “British Magaluf” has become a drug-infested coastal town, with teenagers shamelessly consuming narcotics on the street while county lines operations have targeted the region.
Cornwall is renowned for its stunning beaches, meandering rural lanes, and a slower pace of life than the rest of the country, yet its peaceful reputation is in tatters in the fishing town of Newquay.
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As gangs allegedly flood its shores with heroin, crack, cocaine, and cannabis, it has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most attractive drug destinations. According to Home Office statistics, the cocaine and ketamine seizures made by Devon and Cornwall Police increased from 0.3kg in 2021 to 1.8kg in the year to March 2022, from 16.2kg and 18.7kg, respectively.
In a nightclub in Newquay last week, a youngster had a seizure that police say was “drug induced” during an event targeted for 16 and 17-year-olds. Locals have reported witnessing drug use in public, and others worry that this would deter visitors and drive down housing costs since “who’s’ going to buy a million-pound flat when they have to drive through idiots p*****g in the streets?”