Pubdate: Mon, 26 Jan 2009
Source: Argus, The (UK)
Copyright: 2009 Newsquest Media Group
Author: Andy Whelan
Bookmark: (Heroin)


A cricket team abandoned its Sussex tour after discovering an
internet map describing a town as a heroin hotspot.

Hastings tourism chiefs market the town as the site of the 1066
Norman Conquest, boasting its own 660-acre country park and the fact
it is home to Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet.

But anyone who searches for the town on Google Maps will discover a
guide to the local drug dens, entitled: 'Map to show hotspots for
discarded injecting paraphenlia' (sic).

Fleckney Village Cricket Club, in Leicestershire, swapped its
five-day summer tour to the West Country after seeing the illustrated

The user-generated map was created by 'natalieannbutler', who
explains: "This map pinpoints where contractors were called out to
deal with an incident of used injecting equipment being left in a 
public place."

Hastings MP Michael Foster said: "I will contact the cricket club and
invite them to Hastings and I'm sure they will be impressed when they
get here."

Kevin Boorman, head of marketing at Hastings Borough Council, said:
"It doesn't help tourism."
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MAP posted-by: Larry Seguin