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SAMANTHA CLARKE: Time to get rid of 'Drugby' VIEW FROM THE CLOCK TOWER.

THANK God the police are doing something to tackle the shocking drug problem which has been plaguing Hillmorton for the best part of a year.

Peer pressure has a lot to answer for. The fact that children as young as 12 are dabbling in killer drugs such as heroin is frightening. Something needs to be done - and speedily.

From what the top dogs at Rugby Police Station were saying this week, the problem is so big it's going to be a tough nut to crack.

But it needs to be tackled, not just to shed the town of its Drugby nickname, but to get these youngsters off the path to self-destruction.

Police chiefs revealed they are targeting the known dealers in the area to get them off the streets.

They are working with Rugby Borough Council to get some youth club or other community facility off the ground to give bored youngsters something to do during their free time.

The sooner the project is launched, the better.

Meanwhile the Community Drugs Team's door is always open to provide support for these unfortunate youngsters and their families.

As I said, it will be a tough nut to crack, but with various organisations getting involved, it's nothing that can't be achieved.

HOW pleasing it is to see the long-running saga over Coventry's super- hospital has come to an end.

For about two years this has been a constant worry for everyone in Rugby. The issue divided the town, with half the residents wanting to see the pounds 200 million facility on the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site and the rest wanting it on the Walsgrave Hospital site.

And there was the constant fear that Rugby could be left without its own hospital.

But yesterday the town's health bosses reassured us that the new facility will complement existing services already available in Rugby and the two hospitals will work side by side.

RUGBY did itself proud in its first bikeathon last weekend.

Well over 150 youngsters joined in the event on Sunday which was organised by the Rugby branch of the Leukaemia Research Fund and which helped raise more than pounds 3,000 for the charity's funds - not bad for a first attempt.

Organiser Janet Haynes said she was so pleased with the first event there should be many more.

Well done kids, keep up the good work!
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Date:Jul 15, 2000
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