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Cleaner Weston Campaign

Stopping crime and drugs in Weston & the villages

Weston is steadily winning its fight against drugs and crime. The number of rehab beds for drug addicts in Weston has nearly halved in six years and, increasingly, the treatment centres that remain are high-quality places that do a great job in helping addicts to rebuild their lives and become normal members of society again.

Before John was first elected as Weston’s MP, our town was plagued by drug-related crime. There were too many addicts being sent here from other parts of the country for treatment and, while some of the treatment centres did a great job, too many were pretty dodgy places that didn’t give addicts a decent chance of beating their habit. The result was that too many addicts dropped out of treatment, slipping under everyone’s radar and often staying in Weston to commit crime to fund their habit.

So in 2004 John launched the Cleaner Weston campaign to give the town fewer, better rehabs. And now, after a lot of hard work by rehab owners, the Police and the Council’s Community Safety and Drug Action Team, things are genuinely getting better. A lot of the dodgier rehabs have closed, and the ones that remain are independently inspected and checked regularly. That means fewer addicts are being sent to Weston in the first place, and the ones that still come are more likely to recover and become normal members of society after their treatment.

Yet, despite these latest breakthroughs and the encouraging figures, there is no denying that there is still a lot of work to be done. We can’t be complacent. Weston needs a clean image to attract visitors, families and jobs, so we mustn’t let drugs and crime put it at risk. John isn’t letting up on the fight.


Weston Mercury: MP welcomes crackdown on drink-fuelled disorder

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The Weston Mercury reports on Weston's MP who has welcomed a crackdown on drink-fuelled disorder.


This IS Bristol: MP welcomes drink overhaul

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This Is Bristol reports on Weston MP John Penrose who has welcomed an overhaul of the Licensing Act to crack down on drink-fuelled crime and disorder.


Weston MP welcomes new powers to tackle town’s drink problem

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will overhaul the Licensing Act to crack down on drink-fuelled crime and disorder...


Weston Mercury: MP’s drug campaign backed by minister

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The Weston Mercury reports as John Penrose's campaign to tackle the problem of drugs and crime in Weston has been backed by the Secretary of State. 


MP’s anti-drugs campaign gets heavyweight backing

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose’s Cleaner Weston Campaign has been backed by the Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon. Ken Clarke QC MP...


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