Posted: Tue 3rd Apr 2018

Up to a dozen used syringes and needles found near Connah’s Quay play area

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 3rd, 2018

Around a dozen used needles and syringes were found just a few metres away from a play area in Connah’s Quay on Monday.

Responding to concerns from local residents about discarded needles Connah’s Quay Councillor Andy Dunbobbin and a member of the council’s streetscene team walked around the Rock area in a bid to recover the used drugs paraphernalia. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They found discarded hypodermic needles, a sharps box – for storing used needles, and a Stanley knife as well as scorched tin foil, often associated with crack cocaine and heroin use – the foil was wrapped around the branch of a tree. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The bulk of the drug related items were found along a small pathway which leads to the River Dee, it runs next to the recently renovated children’s play area which is currently closed off from the public. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Cllr Dunbobbin said; “A concerned resident who spotted needles in The Rock area called me over the bank holiday weekend ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Knowing there have been issues in the past in that area with discarded drug paraphernalia i contacted Flintshire Council Streetscene and we decide take a walk in the area to recover the needles. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As a community we need to come together to tackle the drug problem. A better collaborative approach is needed. I would like to thank those who have contacted me about this.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire County Council will remove discarded needles, syringes and other drug related items from public land. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Don’t touch or attempt to remove the items yourself, contact the council who will safely dispose of them. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you’ve been injured by a needle in the street, encourage bleeding, wash with warm, soapy water, and ring NHS Direct on 0845 4647. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you use non-prescription drugs, take your used needles to a Needle Syringe Exchange (01244 818513) or to your doctor. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you regularly need to dispose of contaminated sharps, use a sharps container and a disposal service. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The council provides a free, regular clinical waste collection to Flintshire residents. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Local police have been targeting the supply of class A drugs in Connah’s Quay over the last few weeks ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Several houses were raided as part of Operation Brightley, a large quantity of drugs has also been seized a several arrests made. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you have concerns about drug dealing in your area call police on 101 quoting. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact North Wales Police via the live web chat on http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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