Woman eating off street proves why new plans to sort out city centre are so badly needed

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New orders are set to be introduced which will allow police to ban persistent drunks, drug users and beggars from Derby city centre and the outskirts.

We went out on to the streets of Derby to check how much the orders are needed – and quickly found some disturbing sights.

Our visit started on Wednesday afternoon in Normanton - an area which has suffered from street drinking problems in the last year. The orders would cover this area.

3.17pm: A man is on Normanton Road drinking beer from a can on a street corner. He is in a loud discussion and shouting. He looks drunk and his speech is not clear. People have to walk around him to get past. He stays there for several minutes before moving to a grassed area near Mill Hill which has been a frequent location for street drinkers.

A street drinker in Normanton Road

3.21pm: There is a separate group of people, one with a bottle of alcohol their hand, outside shops in Normanton Road. They go and join other people on the grassed area. In the next ten minutes our reporter spots several other people drinking on Normanton Road and Harriet Street. One is a man who when the Derby Telegraph approaches him becomes threatening and aggressive. A woman is on Normanton Road with what appeared to be high-strength cider, which experts say has a much more negative impact on street drinkers than ordinary alcohol.

She seems drunk and is not steady on her feet. Another woman shouts loudly on the street before going to Harriet Street clutching a can of beer.

As our reporter drives towards the city centre, another man is slumped on the floor in Normanton Road. Another street drinker is stood on the corner of the road, clutching a can of beer.

4.48pm: Closer to the city centre, a woman in Babington Lane is apparently eating food from the floor. It's unclear if she is under the influence of any substances, but she doesn't look healthy. She's lying down on a rug in a boarded up shop doorway eating what appears to be a pastie. Minutes later she's joined by a similar-looking woman.

The woman lay face-down on the pavement eating a pasty

4.55pm: Off St Peter's Street a man in a grey hooded top is slumped against the side of a wall apparently under the influence of "zombie drug" Black Mamba. His eyes are closed and he is in an apparent drugged state. Shop workers, residents and visitors walk past and do not appear shocked or concerned. The man is not responsive to anything around him. He looks asleep, but is standing up. Suddenly, his eyes shoot wide open.

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4.57pm: Just a few yards away, a woman who looks like she is in her 20s also appears under the influence of the drug. She remains in the same zombie state, positioned up against a wall for several minutes. The man finally begins moving slowly. A shop worker asks if they are OK but he gets no response and moves on. Another comments that they are on Mamba and "that's what they're like". Shoppers and workers walk past and nobody takes any notice of the states they are in.

The man then takes a few steps and stumbles but it looks as if his body has been taken over by the drug. It's frightening and harrowing to see. This is Derby city centre. It's exactly what scores of readers have been showing us with their submitted photographs and videos.

The same man then stumbles towards the Market Place, where he begins talking to another man who also looks in a drugged state.

A man smokes as he sits on the floor of Sadler Gate

5.05: In the Market Place a woman hassles around six people for money, including our reporter, in the space of just a few minutes. Everyone she approaches says no and refuses to give her change. She comes out of nowhere and is non-stop. She doesn't say what she needs it for and why.

It is these people new Public Space Protection Orders will try to clear out of city centre shopping streets. Police will be able to ban anyone acting anti-socially, then charge them with an offence if they return.

Public consultation on the orders has begun and they are expected to be in place by Christmas.