Police have been slammed for arresting an activist at the converted minibus he operates as a safe place for drug addicts to inject.

Peter Krykant has been accused of obstructing officers who had been assigned to ­monitor the mobile facility in Glasgow city centre.

The cops had tried to enter the van to search three drug users.

They later agreed to be searched and it is understood no drugs were found.

Former Labour MP Paul Sweeney has been helping Peter

But Krykant, whose work been tolerated by police for nearly two months, was charged with a breach of Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He said: “Three people had used the van and I was later spoken to by officers. They cautioned me and said a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

“I’m surprised at this because there have been regular police patrols passing by and I have chatted away with officers and it was obvious they had no intention of making arrests previously. 

"It would seem to me that there has been a change of attitude and I’d be interested to know what has caused it.”

Krykant launched his mobile consumption room in September to dissuade drug users from injecting with shared needles in alleys and other public places.

It is kitted out with clean needles and treatments to revive users who may have overdosed.

His actions are technically illegal but until now police have allowed him to operate every Friday.

It is understood two ­constables and a sergeant had been diverted from Glasgow High Court to monitor the van at Parnie Street.

The area is frequented by drug users, some of whom have stayed in temporary accommodation nearby.

Krykant plans to continue to provide the weekly service despite his arrest.

A week previously, volunteers at the van were credited with saving a man’s life after being told he had overdosed nearby.

One volunteer administered an injection of naloxone, which reverses opiate overdoses, and the man regained ­consciousness before being taken to hospital.

The Daily Record has witnessed volunteers’ work and featured photos of addicts injecting themselves with cocaine and heroin while sitting on seats in the minibus.

They would otherwise have been shooting up in nearby streets which are often littered with old needles and other drug paraphernalia.

Former Labour MP Paul Sweeney, who has volunteered on the van since its launch, criticised the police actions.

He said: “I would be very ­interested to know why Police Scotland has chosen to take this action now and what kind of conversations are going on in the background.

"It is destructive and counter-productive and is effectively driving vulnerable people back into dirty alleyways.

“Posting police officers to monitor this van is a waste of resources, particularly when you consider other forces in England are bringing in progressive ­initiatives to help drug users.

“We also have a Scottish government that says all the right things about treating people with respect but they are sitting back and allowing police to apply old conservative ­attitudes to drugs, arresting people when criminalising them will only add to society’s ­problems.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 43-year-old man has been charged in connection with an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on Parnie Street in Glasgow during the morning of Friday, 23 October, 2020.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”