THE dangers of drug addiction were highlighted at a special kiosk in the town centre.

The tented site, underneath the Millennium Clock, was set up on Tuesday as part of National Tackling Drugs Week, a Home Office national initiative.

Members of the public were handed information and freebies in order to fight drug addiction in Swindon.

Visitors attended in order to gain some insight into drugs, and to pick up a free mug or pen along with information about the organisations that exist to help.

Brittany Chaplin, a retailer from North Swindon, says the week is beneficial for not only children but adults all over the town.

The 18-year-old said: "I think this is a really good idea.

"I know quite a few people who have given into drugs and it has ruined their lives.

"They provide useful advice if you are younger and don't know if you plan on doing drugs or if you are a parent with children.

"More people need to know the risks and this is letting them know about them."

Matthew Hibbert, strategic co-ordinator for substance misuse in Swindon, said he hoped to raise awareness of what is currently taking place in Swindon.

He said: "We had a good reception.

"We are here to show the community what we are doing about drugs locally."

Anyone interested in finding out more about drug addiction is asked to call Uturn, a young people's substance misuse service, on 01793 465040.