Original article from Kent Live
A van driver has been "summarily dismissed" by a security firm after video footage emerged of them allegedly snorting drugs.
The incident in question was filmed last Sunday (April 18) in Borough Road, Gillingham, a residential street said to have become a drug hotspot suddenly in the last six months.
It was referred to security firm Sure Integrated Security Ltd, as it appeared to take place inside one of their vehicles.
Concerned residents have become so fed up by drug-related activity on the road they had resorted to filming it.
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Shortly after the snorting video, another emerged of a woman apparently smoking a crack pipe in the same spot.
The snorting video meanwhile was handed to Kent Police detectives, who said they are investigating.
And now the security firm in question told KentLive in a statement: “We will not tolerate the use of recreational drugs – alleged or otherwise, by any of our employees.
"The employee involved in this incident has been summarily dismissed.
"We will also be assisting the police with their enquiries in this matter.”
Speaking at the time of the video, a local resident who asked not to be named said: "In the last 6 months we have recorded several such incidents and viewed many more.
"It appears a common drop off and pick up point. Often a female resident of a nearby house comes out to collect drugs from passing cars.
"Each time its quite brazen no attempts to cover up what is going on in the vehicles.
"It's a concern as its started in the last 6 months and we have a number of homes here for vulnerable young people and another is proposed next door as a new development.
"It stands out a mile as its not a particularly bad area.
"It's also a road that links to local schools and we are all concerned by the sudden degradation.
"There's also further development is planned for flats for vulnerable young people, basically right outside where this is happening."
A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Officers are carrying out enquiries after receiving a report of suspected drug taking in Borough Road, Gillingham at 5.39pm on Sunday, 18 April 2021.
"The investigation is currently ongoing."