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PHOTOS: Warning after abandoned needles spotted in Newquay

PHOTOS: Warning after abandoned needles spotted in Newquay

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:49pm 19th April 2018. (Updated at 7:11am 20th April 2018)

A warning has gone out to walkers in Newquay after used needles are found abandoned.

Passer-by Steve spotted them on Thursday morning on the Towan Headland.

He is now urging parents to be wary if spending time in the area.

He told Pirate FM he was 'disgusted' and that more needed to be done to stop this from happening again.


Steve said: "I just found six needles in a bundle on Towan Head with a load of rubbish.

"They were just on the ground in an a popular area where people go walking.

"I'm disgusted - some kid could walk on them or try and play with them.

"Be careful and be vigilant, because you don't know what kind of people are around.

"It is supposed to be a nice area.

"I've not seen it before but there is too much rubbish left there on occasion."


Partnership Safer Cornwall says there are potential health issues around needles being 'carelessly discarded by drug users'.

They have issued advice on their website about what to do if you find any in a public place.

A spokesperson said: "Across Cornwall, a series of pharmacies offer needle exchange facilities to prevent this, however, some users persistently dispose of used needles without thought of the consequences of their actions.

"It is theoretically possible that blood borne diseases could be transmitted to members of the public, by inadvertently receiving a needle stick injury, when, for example; handling refuse or piles of leaves in areas open to the public.

"This can also include private areas open to the public such as behind front low garden walls. In the unlikely event that someone does receive a needle stick injury from a discarded needle, they should see their Doctor as soon as possible for advice."

If you spot needles, you can report this to Cornwall Council.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: “There has been no report to Cornwall Council of discarded needles at Towan Headland, however we will instruct Biffa to remove any needles they find within this open public space.

"Although not a regular occurrence we advise members of the public not to pick up needles and to report these to Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 141. We will safely remove and dispose of such items from public land and ask the contractor to increase monitoring of the area so that any discarded needles are removed at the earliest opportunity.

"Cornwall Council is a partner within Safer Cornwall and works closely with other partners such as police and local service providers to address issues in an area.

"Addaction is the commissioned service for treatment and engagement in relation to drugs and alcohol in Cornwall and they use reports of drug litter reported to Cornwall Council to enable them to appropriately target areas in their outreach work.

"As part of their outreach work they advise individuals on treatment options as well as how to dispose of needles appropriately and safely.”

For clinical waste collection, click here.

If syringes are found among fly-tipped rubbish, click here.

Cornwall Council has been contacted for comment.

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