Teenager fights to reclaim Basildon park from junkies

Phil Rackley, Lacy Keeble and Pat Rackley

Phil Rackley, Lacy Keeble and Pat Rackley

First published in Echo News Southend Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl is leading the fight to reclaim a Basildon park from druggies who use it to shoot-up class A drugs.

Lacey Keeble, was “totally disgusted” after stumbling across a “drug den” filled with used needles, papers, drug wrappers and cooking spoons.

She was so shocked by the state of the woodland, which is off Gun Hill Place in Basildon, that she filmed it on her mobile phone.

Miss Keeble is now calling on Essex Police and Basildon Council to re-claim the woodland for local residents.

The Woodlands School pupil, who said: “I was walking home from town with my cousin and friend, it was quite hot so we decided to walk through the trees to get some shade.

“What we found was disgusting. The floor was covered in needles and papers. You could not get through without stepping on something.

“I was scared that one of us might step on a needle so we decided to get out and go the long way round.

“It’s really worrying, a child, a dog or a dog walker could step on something.

“Me and my dad spoke to some neighbours there and apparently it has been an issue for a long time.”

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Southend Standard:

Councillors Pat and Phil Rackley, from Basildon Council met with Lacey on Tuesday so she could point out the problems.

Mrs Rackley said: “There is a problem in that area with drug dealing and we thank Lacey for pointing out the issue at Gun Hill Place.

“We have been in touch with Basildon Police and the relevant council officers to get the area cleared.”

Sergeant Paul Costin, from Essex Police said he had recently been made aware of issues at Gun Hill Place.

“I will now be looking at putting resources in to tackling the problem,” he said.

Southend Standard:

“We are committed to disrupting the activities of drug users and dealers in Basildon and rely heavily on community intelligence.

“I would urge anyone who has concerns about this kind of activity in their area to contact me or my officers on 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555111, so we can take action.”

A spokesman from Basildon Council said officers had been sent to the area this week to remove and destroy the needles.

He said: "We have been alerted to the possibility of syringes at Gun Hill Place and have already despatched officers to locate, collect and destroy any they find.

“We’re grateful for the vigilance of our residents in these situations, as it’s vitally important they are reported to the council as soon as possible so appropriate action can be taken.”

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9:26am Fri 25 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

There is also a 'shooting gallery' in Gloucester Park in the bushes between the new kiddies playground and the fishing lake. Used needles, cooking up bowls and wrappers for hypodermics etc in evidence.
There is also a 'shooting gallery' in Gloucester Park in the bushes between the new kiddies playground and the fishing lake. Used needles, cooking up bowls and wrappers for hypodermics etc in evidence. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

9:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie? profondo asbo
  • Score: 1

9:40am Fri 25 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

profondo asbo wrote:
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
LOL @ that tie.

First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight.

Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?[/p][/quote]LOL @ that tie. First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight. Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

10:00am Fri 25 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
LOL @ that tie.

First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight.

Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....
haha, need a substantial amount of cloth for that. pictures of 800lb gorillas rather than chimps might be more appropriate
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?[/p][/quote]LOL @ that tie. First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight. Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....[/p][/quote]haha, need a substantial amount of cloth for that. pictures of 800lb gorillas rather than chimps might be more appropriate profondo asbo
  • Score: -2

11:02am Fri 25 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
There is also a 'shooting gallery' in Gloucester Park in the bushes between the new kiddies playground and the fishing lake. Used needles, cooking up bowls and wrappers for hypodermics etc in evidence.
That was me from last night.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: There is also a 'shooting gallery' in Gloucester Park in the bushes between the new kiddies playground and the fishing lake. Used needles, cooking up bowls and wrappers for hypodermics etc in evidence.[/p][/quote]That was me from last night. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -6

1:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

profondo asbo wrote:
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
Yup....comedy Ties, Classic.
Remember Colin Hunt from the Fast Show..
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?[/p][/quote]Yup....comedy Ties, Classic. Remember Colin Hunt from the Fast Show.. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

1:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

Sergeant Paul Costin, from Essex Police said he had recently been made aware of issues at Gun Hill Place.
“We are committed to disrupting the activities of drug users and dealers in Basildon and rely heavily on community intelligence'

Would Sergeant Paul Costin 'disrupt' the activities of a burglar/murderer/car thief? Hopefully he would stop them and that is what we expect him to do with drug dealers. Where do they find these people.
Sergeant Paul Costin, from Essex Police said he had recently been made aware of issues at Gun Hill Place. “We are committed to disrupting the activities of drug users and dealers in Basildon and rely heavily on community intelligence' Would Sergeant Paul Costin 'disrupt' the activities of a burglar/murderer/car thief? Hopefully he would stop them and that is what we expect him to do with drug dealers. Where do they find these people. Abington86
  • Score: 3

2:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

Look @ the state of the two next to the girl in the photo.
Look @ the state of the two next to the girl in the photo. supermadmax
  • Score: -6

11:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LexyGirl says...

supermadmax wrote:
Look @ the state of the two next to the girl in the photo.
that's such a horrible thing to say cos they may read that ;((
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Look @ the state of the two next to the girl in the photo.[/p][/quote]that's such a horrible thing to say cos they may read that ;(( LexyGirl
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LexyGirl says...

profondo asbo wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
LOL @ that tie.

First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight.

Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....
haha, need a substantial amount of cloth for that. pictures of 800lb gorillas rather than chimps might be more appropriate
oh wow, why are u bein so horrible about this man?
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?[/p][/quote]LOL @ that tie. First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight. Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....[/p][/quote]haha, need a substantial amount of cloth for that. pictures of 800lb gorillas rather than chimps might be more appropriate[/p][/quote]oh wow, why are u bein so horrible about this man? LexyGirl
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LexyGirl says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?
LOL @ that tie.

First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight.

Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....
another horrible comment
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: how does phil rackley expect to be taken seriously wearing that tie?[/p][/quote]LOL @ that tie. First time I've seen a photo of Big Phil wearing a tie. The young lady must havd collared him on his way to the Ale and Pies Club 'Wear a silly tie Wednesday' bun fight. Either that or its his belly covering, gravy drip catcher of choice.....[/p][/quote]another horrible comment LexyGirl
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

blackheart says...

"Who's ****?"

Lol.
"Who's ****?" Lol. blackheart
  • Score: -3

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