Swab tests find evidence of cocaine use at Halifax Town Hall

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COCAINE has been found in the toilets of Halifax Town Hall.

Swab tests carried out by a national newspaper at several local government buildings found evidence of the Class A drug in one of the gents loos at the building on Crossley Street in Halifax town centre.

The swab turned blue - showing a positive result for cocaine - when wiped down the cistern of the upstairs toilets.

A spokeswoman for Calderdale Council said: “The town hall is a public building. Well over 1,500 people a month attend events and meetings there and the toilets in question are used by some of those people.

“The council will not tolerate the use of drugs on its premises and where people are found to be doing this, the police will be informed.”

The test proved negative in the downstairs toilets.

Three out of the five town halls checked by the newspaper tested positive for cocaine - in Halifax, Bradford and Manchester.

Municipal buildings in Leeds and Liverpool were also swabbed but no residue was found.

Anyone with concerns about drugs in their area can call their neighbourhood policing team via 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.