Phone boxes make a comeback for drugs dealers

Phone boxes make a comeback... for drugs: Dealers use unit in a shopping centre to make 3,000 calls a year National average is one call per day with the total falling 80% in five years  BT could earn at least £1,800 a year from the calls given its 60p minimum charge Nottinghamshire Police said they are conducting ‘high visibility patrols’ locally

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 00:05 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 00:05 BST, 1 September 2018

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l British phone box has retained one sad purpose – as a tool of the trade for drug dealing

l British phone box has retained one sad purpose – as a tool of the trade for drug dealing

Rendered obsolete for most of us by mobiles, the traditional British phone box has retained one sad purpose – as a tool of the trade for drug dealing.

Police have warned about criminal elements taking over the boxes after the discovery of a ‘drug phone’ in Nottingham that is used to make a staggering 3,000 calls a year. BT confirmed the pay phone at the Bridgeway shopping centre is the most heavily used across Nottinghamshire.

The national average is one call per day, with the total falling 80 per cent in the last five years alone. Angry locals have demanded the notorious phone’s removal, which they say makes them ‘uncomfortable’, and Nottinghamshire Police said they are conducting ‘high visibility patrols’ in the area.

But BT – which could earn at least £1,800 a year from the calls, given

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