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Mixed views on busker Les

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Les Small Photo: Barney Lewis-Jones

Les Small Photo: Barney Lewis-Jones

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WHEN the death was announced last week of Wells busker Les Small, we were flooded with tributes and expressions of sadness at his passing.

But although he was described as a "nice guy" by some, including a local police officer, others have come forward to indicate an alleged darker side to his life.

On our Facebook pages early tributes and proposals to set up funds for the homeless in his memory have been followed by accusations of drug use and dealing.

Wells police has assured us that Mr Small was definitely not a drug dealer.

While Vixann Smith declared he would be: "sadly missed", Ryan Smith said: "He was a heroin addict and a heroin dealer, yes he was a nice bloke but don't be blind to the dark side of the homeless community...

"Most of them have an option of getting out of the cold but choose not to take it, instead they spend their evening arguing and fighting in church yards/outside our houses!

"Yes it is sad that Les has passed away but people need to stop giving these people praise and remember that they have all got themselves into that situation."

Dave Baker said: "Have to agree with Ryan, schoolchildren in Wells will have to find another dealer for their illegal substances – he has been a major figure on the local drug scene for many years, and most of his true 'friends' (long-term customers) are long dead. His 'good deeds'?? Singing like a canary when caught in possession of illicit substances and cancelling out the competition – perhaps?"

Sarah Jayne Baker said: "Really is this what constitutes news these days? A druggie is now dead and incapable of supplying poison to young children. I, for one am not upset.

"I've known that man since I was ten years old, I cannot think of one thing I like about the man."

Lynne Weare said: "Well said Sarah, why people called him a legend I do not know!"

Mark Montgomery described the report in the Journal as "selective journalism", while Shirley Williams said: "To me this makes Wells Journal a comic."

Eden Henderson spoke up on behalf of Les.

"Let's hope no-one you care about ever makes choices you don't agree with... He suffered as a result and doesn't deserve such vitriol...We are a supposedly Christian city are we not? Apart from what rumours you've obviously taken in without getting the real facts....or even bothering to look at the man with anything but contempt, there are a lot of us here that will miss him and wish him a lovely time in paradise. Jesus loved the down and outs, and they are just as entitled to a little respect as anyone."

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  • Clp1973  |  December 05 2013, 8:54PM

    i'm dumbfounded at the amount of attention this has prevoked. So many decent hardworking genuine people have passed away this year who have spent their entire life giving to others, these however have not made headlines. Perhaps Wells Journals needs to research more thoroughly before publishing articles of this type. It doesnt make sense!!!!

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