Reporting Drug Smoking?

(36 Posts)
Nat38 Sun 01-Sep-13 21:49:13

Advice needed please!!
The teenage boy a couple of doors away has taken to smoking drugs with his mates in the back yard.
The stink of the drugs they are smoking keeps coming into my house, with me & my children in it.
I have asked them all to move down the garden so this does not happen & they can still smoke!
They have totally ignored me!!
I am going to have a word with his mum tomorrow to hopefully resolve the problem.
Would I be unreasonable to report to the police as well??

Crack or cannabis? If the latter I doubt the police will care.

EBearhug Sun 01-Sep-13 21:50:35

I'd wait and see how his Mum responds first. But I wouldn't rule it out if they keep doing it.

It depends on the family, you might be better doing one or the other. If you do both it will be obvious who reported it to the police and you may end up with more trouble than you have now. Do you really think that a mother that allows her DS to smoke cannabis in the garden is going to care what you think? or does she not know and if so, do you think she would want to?

and, yes, the police will care if you do report it

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 21:53:17

They're hardly going to admit it to the Police are they? grin

Hopefully the Mum will make them move down the garden.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 01-Sep-13 21:54:32

What are your windows like OP grin
Are they safety glass? as they will know it was you.

YABVU and a killjoy, were you never young?
Its too cold to have windows open now anyway, so it won't be a problem now summers over.

CharityFunDay Sun 01-Sep-13 22:06:52

Next time they're out getting stoned, decide it's time to water your garden with the hose, and accidentally-on-purpose let water arc over the fence, where they'll be sitting on the other side.

OTOH see what the mother says. Don't try to grass them up (NPI) for smoking dope, just mention that the smell of cannabis is drifting into your house and you don't like it.

catgirl1976 Sun 01-Sep-13 22:16:19

YABU

Unless it's crack

Were you never young?

Just have a word with them

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 22:18:56

The Police couldn't do fuck all anyway.

"Excuse me, we've had complaints about a smell of cannabis coming from your garden".

"Really? No it's not our garden. Must be someone else's".

"Oh, OK then. Sorry to have bothered you".

and, yes, the police will care if you do report it

Really? What do you think the police will do?

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 01-Sep-13 22:39:14

I feel for you OP - I wouldn't want my dc growing up thinking even smoking cannabis was normal. It remains a classified drug which cannot be obtained legally.

I emember being young and having a lovely time. I didn't need recreational drugs to have a lovely time.

I would want to call the police in your shoes OP but depending on the people involved and the neighbourhood I probably wouldn't dare.

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 23:03:55

I wouldn't want my dc growing up thinking even smoking cannabis was normal

But for the neighbours (and for many other people) it is.

Therefore it's up to us as parents to drum that into our kids and hope they listen.

However, the fact remains that the Police can do nothing without firstly having evidence, secondly being invited on to the premises to search them and thirdly finding enough cannabis to even caution them.

They just don't have the time or resources to nick everyone who sparks up a spliff.

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 23:04:38

I mean to drum it into them that it's not normal or particularly OK.

MrsDeVere Sun 01-Sep-13 23:12:09

Its fucking horrible.
My neighbour is always smoking and the smell of skunk is rank.

Selfish, lazy, fuckwit that he is.

I don't care about the legality of it. I don't care if he falls on his ugly arse because he is so off his face he doesn't know where his feet are, I just care that he makes my house smell.

Wingit Sun 01-Sep-13 23:24:31

I emember being young and having a lovely time. I didn't need recreational drugs to have a lovely time.

Bet you got pissed off your face a few times on alcohol though. That's okay though because it is a good taxable legal drug.

Calling the police will achieve nothing. Like a PP said they can't prove anything.

Have a word again with the mum to ask them to smoke further away or at the other end of the garden.

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 01-Sep-13 23:30:53

Not sure I've ever been pissed of my face but being a bit merry generally doesn't lead to a caution or other permanent stain on one's record.

FrillsandLaces Mon 02-Sep-13 05:28:57

Id talk to his mum, I would NOT ring the police. They can't do anything unless they witness it first hand, and its nit really worth having broken windows over is it? Could you close your windows? Not a good solution really but I can't see much you can do tbh

Lottiedoubtie Mon 02-Sep-13 07:17:12

I've rung the police over a similar issue (teens smoking cannabis in a car down the road).

The police started to drive around more, and now they don't turn up there anymore.

I did speak to them first, <no joy>, and not had my window put in!

Wingit Mon 02-Sep-13 07:24:30

Being a bit merry can lead to a caution or permanent stain on ones record - it just depends what you're like when drunk.

Having been caught by the police when searched, (as a passenger in a car that was pulled over) with a rather large chunk of cannabis on me as an 18 year old led to... wait for it... nothing. All they did was take it off me. and probably smoked it themselves the arseholes

starsandunicorns Mon 02-Sep-13 07:24:44

My dp called the non emergancy line on friday night as a large group we smoking skunk at the back of our flats there are garages and a loading bay for the shops they called a hour later to say they popped round checked to make sure no poperty was damaged and they vist more often

Nat38 Mon 02-Sep-13 07:54:07

I pretty sure his don`t know, going on that when they light up his mums bike is not in the garden!!
Will have to talk to his mum, would not like to be in his shoes after I`ve told her!!
I think you`ve confirmed what I already thought about the police that there is not a lot they can do without evidence & other than camping out in my house how would they get it?!
Thanks all!!

moustachio Mon 02-Sep-13 07:59:19

My neighbours dealt cannabis and the police didn't care! Best mumsnet advice I got was to change your WiFi name to 'Police surveillance unit' and scare the shit out of them. They'll never know its you grin

marriedinwhiteisback Mon 02-Sep-13 08:10:08

Precisely wingit - it depends what one is like. I have never been stopped by the police, either in a car or in person. Have only ever found them to be extremely kind and helpful when I have been a victim of crime or even a possible victim of crime. They found our DS's Oyster once on a thug and phoned the house to check he was OK and whether he had been mugged lately. He hadn't but he had lost his oyster.

TheGirlFromIpanema Mon 02-Sep-13 08:38:47

Moustachio, that is genius grin

OP I'd say it depends where you live. On my estate, which is in a city with bigger issues anyone watch Burgled?! you'd be laughed off the phone I imagine.

In my mums rural area they might check it out, if they could be arsed to drive out there. Petty crime seems much more frowned on in areas where the police have time to do something about it!

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