A Somali gang is running a ruthless drugs ring in Southend and Westcliff, it has been claimed.Sounds like a job for the police, then.
The thugs are believed to be moving into rented properties in Westcliff to sell Class A drugs and then move on after a few months.
The fears have been raised by councillors and residents groups after a thief who appeared in court said he had been forced into crime because of threats from a gang of Somalis.Hmmm, but habitual criminals have all kinds of excuses for their behaviour, don’t they?
Case in point:
Martin Terry, Independent councillor for Westborough, highlighted the case last year of a prostitute who had to be given a change of identity after she was threatened by the dealers.So what’s the answer? Police crackdown? Deportation?
Nope. Would you believe, more regulation?
He is now calling for all private landlords to be registered.How, exactly, is this proposed register supposed to stop this then?
This is because dealers often have the money to pay a deposit on a house, live in it for three months, and then move on.