Appeal For Help After Needles Discovered In Children's Playpark

PUBLISHED: 11:14 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:13 04 May 2010

PARENTS have been warned to take care with their children at local play parks after a number of hypodermic needles were discovered.

Parish councillors in Littleport have been forced to carry out daily clean-ups of the Parsons Lane park while police investigate the source of the needles.

PARENTS have been warned to take care with their children at local play parks after a number of hypodermic needles were discovered.

Parish councillors in Littleport have been forced to carry out daily clean-ups of the Parsons Lane park while police investigate the source of the needles.

Officers are, however, growing concerned that a child may be injured and are urging parents to tell police about any suspicious activity at the park, which is adjacent to the St George’s Medical Centre.

Sgt Will Davis said: "Hypodermic needles left in the park by drug users are causing us great concern. The parish council do a daily clean-up of the park to remove all the needles left there but day after day they are still appearing.

"We have conducted numerous drug-related warrants in the area to deal with those people using drugs and have had a great deal of success. We have also been gathering information on those people discarding their needles and when we can, we have dealt with them. However, we are still seeing needles appear.

"We really need the community to be alert to this. The last thing we want is a child to be injured by these needles.

"If anyone sees any drug activity taking place at the park I would urge them to contact police immediately. We need to stop this happening."

The police and Littleport Parish Council are going to lodge an appeal for CCTV to cover the park on health and safety grounds.

Since December 2009 the Neighbourhood Policing Team has executed 10 warrants in Littleport relating to drug and other related offences and have upped patrols.

Laminated posters are being produced which will be displayed in the park area, warning parents of the danger and appealing for information.

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