'What does this say about Sheffield?' - Disgust at 'drug den' mess visible from city centre street

Restaurant door way which is covered in drug needles and rubbish
Restaurant door way which is covered in drug needles and rubbish
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This is the scene of a make shift 'drug den' which sits prominently on a Sheffield city centre street.

Dangerous needles and empty bottles of methadone are thrown across the door way of a former Chinese restaurant on the junction with George Street and Norfolk Street, just yards from the Crucible Theatre stage door entrance.

Mature student Patrick Kasemeyer, 44, who contacted The Star to highlight the problem, said he 'couldn't believe' Sheffield Council could have missed such an eyesore which has been there for 'over two weeks'.

Mr Kasemeyer, of Gaunt Way, said the door way should be a priority for clean-up and added the area should be blocked off.

The Star understands because the mess is on private property, it falls under the remit of Sheffield Council's environmental team.

A spokesman told The Star they will now be contacting the landlord about the issue.

Mr Kasemeyer said: "I could understand if this was on a back street and out of the way but this is right where lots of people walk past to go to the Crucible Theatre, 02 Academy and the bus station.

"It's a danger to children. There's needles lying on the floor, empty bottles of methadone and just loads of rubbish. It's like a drug den.

"What message does this send out to the people visiting Sheffield? It just encourages vagrants and blatant drug use - it's quite shocking."

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “ We have been made aware of the issue and our environmental health team is looking into it. We will work with the landlord of the property to clean up the area.”

A Streets Ahead spokesman said: “Streets Ahead’s street cleaning team works hard to keep the city’s roads and pavements free of litter. After receiving a report of litter on Norfolk Street, a team did attend on October 4 and the road and pavement area was cleared of litter.”