Street artists highlight drug crime problem
Residents of an east London community commissioned artists to erect fake 'drug dealers only' parking spaces and 'crack pickup' points to draw attention to drug crime in the area.
Locals have reported "brazen drug dealing" along with needles and blood left in residential buildings by users, the BBC reported.
The Columbia Road Tenants' and Residents' Association stepped up its campaign to clean up the neighbourhood by commissioning the artists - using the name Columbia Road Cartel.
After the signs were quickly removed by council workers, the association tweeted:
Interesting that we are still waiting for @TowerHamletsNow to replace street lights taken out by a speeding drug dealer several weeks ago but they can remove the art work highlighting the issue in a matter of hours @MayorJohnBiggs#columbiaroadpic.twitter.com/eNWxtPCw6x— ColumbiaTRA (@ColumbiaTRA) September 17, 2018