Britain’s ‘Beaky Finder’ Epidemic:


Beaky Finder

Cocaine thieves hang around toilets branded ‘Beaky Finders’ in Birmingham.

Birmingham Bouncer’s perspective: 

Birmingham bouncers have had enough

Bouncers in Birmingham are clamping down on cocaine addicts who steal lines of the drug. Lines are left for other people in pub and club toilets, after branding them ‘Beaky Finders’. (Beak: popular slang term for cocaine). An anonymous Birmingham bouncer said: “The boss told us last week to keep an eye out for Beaky Finders. I thought he was winding us up. But there have been a few punch-ups being caused by these thieves.

We try to prevent cocaine from being taken on our premises. People have realised they can no longer go ‘two’s up’ in a cubicle anymore”.

The bouncer continued: “They leave a line of cocaine under some tissue or on a ledge to be more discreet. Addicts have cottoned on and nip in before-hand to sniff it themselves. This can cause arguments between friends and has also led to people being accused of being a ‘Beaky Finder’. Toilet attendants, who charge for fragrances were the first to notice it. So we have all been put on high alert.



‘Beaky Finder’ victim: 

Scott ‘Beaky’ Finder victim

Birmingham cocaine user Scott, believes that he has been a victim of a Beaky Finder. He said: “It all makes sense now. We’ve been out a couple of times and been told there was a line of coke in the bogs, only to find nothing there. The days of two or three people piling in a toilet are long gone. You have to be discreet, but that gives scumbags the chance to rob it. I’d been out for two days and was desperate for a booster and it wasn’t there. My mate wouldn’t put another one out because he only had half a gram.

Lax on Drugs? 

George Hadley founded Birmingham house night Sum Cellar with partner Brad Price five years ago. He’s been apart of the Birmingham club scene for over a decade. He said: “No club promoter or bar owner wants to get a reputation for being lax on drugs or turning a blind eye. Sooner or later, the police and the council will end the party.

Bouncers are trained to spot anybody acting suspicious and are told to kick anyone out if they are sharing a cubicle. No ifs or buts, and that is the same for most places now. The cause and effect of that is that you rarely see two people in a cubicle together. People go in on their own and leave something for a friend, so it’s harder for bouncers to spot. It’s also led to chancers stealing other people’s lines”.



Peaky Blinders Cultural phenomenon: 

3 members of The “Peaky Blinders” (1930’s)

The brandished nickname for the thieves is another example of how the international hit show; “Peaky Blinders” where drugs and violence are prominently featured, has become a cultural phenomenon.

Home Office statistics revealed: Brits are taking more cocaine than ever before. 976,000 people between 16-59 years old have taken the drug in the last year.

The success of the hit show “Peaky Blinders” has led to an increase in tourism in Birmingham. Showcasing a mini-industry of tours, bars, murals and screenings.

The “Peaky Blinders” pub in Dale End, was the first to honour the series six years ago. Now there are similar bars in Liverpool, Solihull and the Black Country.



Carl Chinn, Birmingham Historian

Professor Carl Chinn, conducts Peaky Blinder tours and is an authority on the gang who caused mayhem on the streets of Small Heath and Digbeth at the beginning of the last century.He said: “Peaky Blinders has been amazing for Birmingham. Visitors to the city have rocketed and interest in this period of history has increased too. However, the Peaky Blinders were not the glamorous gangsters of the series. They were incredibly violent and brutal people”. Another reason why cocaine addicts have recently been dubbed ‘Beaky Finders’ in Birmingham. 

Addiction – Get Help: 

Due to the increase of people becoming addicted to cocaine, the NHS now offers various therapies and advice, through either GPs or drug treatment centres – for more information visit:  


Written By: Steve Zacharanda

Edited By: Elisha Sahota