A shocking video shows Black Mamba users in Derby’s city centre looking like they are straight out of a zombie TV show.
A shop owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, recorded the footage of four people in ‘zombie-like’ states in St. Peter’s Street on Monday.
She said she thought the men had taken Black Mamba, a synthetic form of cannabis that is named after the deadly African snake.
The woman compared the city to horror series The Walking Dead and said she felt unsafe in the area.
A shop owner found four drug users – who appeared to be on Black Mamba – frozen in ‘zombie-like states’ in Derby’s city centre on Monday
She said: ‘I work in a shop and I always see people dealing drugs and taking drugs in broad daylight. They don’t even try to hide it because there’s not a police officer in sight.
‘On Monday, one customer came into the shop with her child and someone was smoking black mamba just outside and blew smoke in her face as she walking in.
‘I had to apologise but it’s becoming a regular occurrence – it’s ridiculous.’
In the video, the woman called for a greater police presence to help crackdown on drug users.
She added: ‘When I closed up the shop at the end of the day, I walked up St. Peter’s Street and saw four men looking like zombies.
‘They were just stood there frozen and not moving. It’s really scary and not something you want to see in the city centre.
‘The most worrying thing is that when they come down (from the drug) they are dangerous. I’ve been attacked three times in the city centre.’
She posted a video of the scene to show people why she felt ‘unsafe’ in the city centre. The woman asked for a stronger police presence to stop all the drug users
Derbyshire police said they have made more than 70 arrests in the past two months to strike down on the marijuana crime rates.
Sergeant Jamie Millard, who is in charge of the Derby city safer neighbourhood team, said: ‘My team has active patrol strategies in place and conduct regular uniformed and plain-clothed patrols of the area.
‘An intelligence-led approach that targets specific individuals is also used and has resulted in a number of arrests and dispersals from the city centre.’
The police force made 38 arrests in the January, which has almost doubled since the months at the end of last year.
Sergeant Jamie Millard added: ‘If you do witness incidents I urge you to contact us. Capturing t hefootage is fantastic and can be used but we also need to be informed of the incident if we are not present, so we can come and deal with it.’