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Suspected meth factory in hostel

October 6th 2011


Police have uncovered a suspected crystal meth factory at Sunrise Lodge in Bournemouth.

Officers were called to the homeless hostel, believed to be divided up into flats, just before 10.30am on Monday 19 September, after staff raised concerns about suspicious items found at the address.

Due to fears about the potentially lethal chemicals used to prepare crystal meth, Dorset Fire and Rescue were called to the property on Spencer Road, Boscombe. As a precaution, a number of residents were evicted and the building was cordoned off. Nearby residents were given advice in relation to the substances involved and inquiries are being carried out by drug experts.

At the time of writing, no arrests have been made. Detective Inspector Steve Thorpe of Bournemouth CID told the Bournemouth Echo: “We are working closely with our partners in this incident and we are taking precautionary steps to keep the public safe.”

Police have urged members of the public with information about drug use in the area to report it in confidence. DI Thorpe added: “We are determined to show those involved in criminality that it will not be tolerated.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on the new non-emergency number, 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111. Mobile phone tariffs may apply.


October 2011



A portrait of a Very Big Issue

Supporting those who need it most

Can you stop to make a difference?

SIFA to celebrate new home

Wolverhampton visionary in the US

Mapping DZs

Carrying a torch

Drugs and hostels

Homeless people victims of slave trade

Men caught napping in coffins

Suspected meth factory in hostel

Guide in New York

New design keeps street sleepers warm

Rough sleepers mugged

Brighton re-count reveals rising number of rough sleepers

Dawn sweeps tackle street sleepers

Poor service at Centrepoint hostel

Scotland celebrates World Cup win

Here’s a pledge we made earlier

Scottish charity launches suicide prevention plan

Homeless hostel - owned by billionaires - closes

Street Shield 24: Street Shield and Popstar are at a soup run


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