Road signs marked 'drug dealers only' put up to highlight crime in Shoreditch

Guerilla artists replaced road signs with notices marked “drug dealers only” to highlight the impact of crime in an east London neighbourhood.

The artists, calling themselves the Columbia Road Cartel, installed six signs on lampposts around Columbia Road near Shoreditch.

Despite appearing to be normal road signs, the notices carried messages such as “Give way to oncoming drug dealers” and “Crack pickup point”.

The group also marked out a parking space for drug dealers at the corner of Chambord Street and Virginia Road, which residents claim is a black spot for drug dealing.

Residents of the Columbia Road area commissioned the road signs in response to a perceived lack of action on dealing in the area.

One resident said: “It is quite usual for there to be up to 10 or 15 addicts outside my house waiting for their drug drops, every day 24/7.”

The Weavers Community Action Group, which commissioned the signs, claims to have around 70 members from the area.

It was formed in April this year in response to “open trading in hard and dangerous drugs” which it claims have become “a normal part of daily life” around Columbia Road.

Tower Hamlets Council has been contacted for comment.
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