UK seaside beauty spot frontline of gang war with open drug dealing on streets

A popular British seaside resort has turned into a gang war hotspot plagued by violence, anti-social behaviour and open drug dealing on the streets.

Residents in the Rheidol ward of Aberystwyth, Wales, are pleading for extra CCTV and police patrols after a wave of violent and criminal activity in the beach town.

A 79-year-old woman even had her front door kicked in as disorder continues to spiral out of control in areas surrounding the seafront and castle.

Victim Tonwen Edwards has made an appeal for help from the authorities after the harrowing incident, telling the BBC: "We need the police to walk around.

"They're going around at the wrong times. I mean, seven o'clock at night, you wouldn't expect to have your door kicked in."

Brian Middleton, who lives Rheidol, meanwhile revealed: "There's open drug dealing close to the church and the castle, in the middle of residential areas.

"People being very drunk, people obviously under the influence of drugs during the day, very close to the children's play area. And people are getting very, very concerned, and quite frightened by this behaviour."

He also blamed organised crime from England for bringing violence to the town, and said one of the recent clashes had reportedly been a clash between two groups from the Midlands.

Back in December, WalesOnline reported how a man was brutally attacked by a gang of teenagers after being ambushed in the centre of Aberystwyth.

The victim was left bleeding in the street after being kicked and punched and slashed with a knife, and may also have been beaten with a hammer.

Responding to recent public outcry, Dyfed-Powys Police's chief constable Richard Lewis said he had "received confirmation that the police have increased their presence in the designated areas with the aim of providing further reassurance to the community".

"This new role was developed to target any ongoing issues in the town and prevent problems", he added.

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