POLICE in Worcester say they are investigating after a number of reports were given of drug dealing near a community centre in the city.

There have been a number of complaints made that drug deals are being done near the Horizon Community Centre in Midland Road.

Police say they are aware of the complaints, and are working with the community centre as part of their investigation.

Inspector David Troth from West Mercia Police said: “We are aware of issues relating to drugs at the Horizon Community Centre in Worcester and have been working closely with our partners and local councillors to address these matters.”

Insp Troth said more officers will be patrolling in the area, and urged the public to report any incidents they see.

He said: “We would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything possible to address their concerns and tackle drug offences in the area including increasing the number of patrols.

“We aim to continue to educate and engage with our local community to prevent drug dealing and other forms of criminal activity.”

Insp Troth added: “Anyone wishing to highlight drug issues but does not have an immediate emergency can contact us on 101 or use our alternative online reporting service which offers the exact same provision and can take less time.

“It also mobile friendly so people can report ‘on the go’.

“Of course anyone in need of immediate assistance should always call 999.”

The Horizon Community Centre is one of 11 community centres in Worcester.

The others are the Ronkswood Community Centre, The Tolly Centre, Warndon Community Centre, King George V Community Centre, The Green Centre, St Peter’s Village Hall, St John’s Community Centre, Comer Gardens Community Hall, Lyppard Grange Community Centre and the Perdiswell Young People’s Centre.

The majority are run by Worcester City Council however some are run by charitable trusts to host community events and similar activities.