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Sleepy seaside town next to 'millionaire's row' is now 'heroin capital of England'
drug and violence problem, despite being a stone's throw from the famous 'millionaire's row'.Sandbanks in Dorset is a waterside street made up of just 13 houses, officially the most expensive stretch of coastal real estate in the world, with a staggering combined property value of £93million.However, around five miles to the north east lies Boscombe, a once lovely suburb of Bournemouth which for years was known as the “drugs capital of the South” and ranked among the top 50 worst places to live in England.READ MORE: Fugitive yoga teacher who 'killed love rival' may have had plastic surgeryOne local described it as "as close to California in the UK as you can get" but, like many seaside towns in England, the increase of foreign travel saw the start of a local decline.The Sun reported that in 2006, a Bournemouth Borough Council report explained that an "increase in less affluent, vulnerable people" had coincided with a peak in drug use in the area.Boscombe became a "big importer of people with drug and alcohol problems" and addict numbers were "stimulated" when drug treatment centres opened in the 80s, the report stated.By 2013, there were nearly 60 facilities available to addicts, according to The Sun.Following 232 seizures of heroin by police between 2018 and 2019, the highest for any police force, the area was named the "heroin capital" of England and Wales.Owner of Boscombe seafront-based restaurant Urban Reef, Mark Cribb.
Mind-blowing holidays of the future – from underwater hotels to a weekend on the Moon
Holidaymakers are returning to ports and airports as travel restrictions are eased, and the travel business slowly returns to its old routes.But tourists won’t always be satisfied with the same old destinations - where will the holidays of the future take us?There are already hotels under the sea, there’s talk of nuclear-powered hotels that will cruise the skies 24/7 and maybe even one day a hotel on the Moon.READ MORE: Giant nuclear-powered 'flying hotel' with gym and swimming pool to carry 5,000 passengersMark Smith, head of business development at Simplexity Travel, said: “As the world shrinks and long-haul travel experiences become the norm, holidaymakers are going to want more unusual experiences, with extreme tourism set to grow”.There’s nothing more extreme than holidays in space, and the first space tourists have already undertaken brief orbital flights - and soon we could go further.“Whether one day we will build a hotel off the moon, which is something that I’ve always dreamed of, or whether we’ll leave that to my children to do, we’ll have to see,” says Richard Branson.The dream of a Moon hotel predates the first Moon landing.In 1969, shortly before Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface, hotel entrepreneur Conrad Hilton said: “I firmly believe that we are going to have hotels in outer space, perhaps even soon enough for me to officiate at the formal opening of the first."Hotelier Robert Bigelow promised in 2017 that the would have an inflatable Moon hotel operational by 2022. We’re still waiting.Patron Moon, a nuclear-powered lunar resort was announced in late 2019.