We can all help to combat drugs
GREAT strides are being made to clean up the nighttime economy in Swansea — and part of that is a crackdown on drugs.
Police are using a hi-tech machine called an "itemiser" which analyses a swab taken from a person's hand and can, in a matter of seconds, detect tiny traces of any illegal substances that are present including cocaine, cannabis, heroin and ecstasy.
During a recent operation on Wind Street in the city centre 305 people were swabbed going into a bar — and 37 of those tested positive; follow-up searches by police officers found 11 of those had drugs on them.
Crucial to the success of the crackdown is the support of the bar and club owners, and it is encouraging to see them being so supportive of the operation and its aims.
Swansea is currently working towards a coveted Purple Flag, a UK-wide scheme that promotes well-run town and city centres — being awarded one would be a great achievement.
Well done to everyone involved in helping to keep drugs out of the city centre — and let's not forget we have all got a role to play by reporting any suspicions we have to police and door staff.