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Used needles reported in children's play park

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:38am 16th August 2018. (Updated at 9:23am 16th August 2018)

Police have issued a warning to parents amid reports of used needles left in a children's play park in Liskeard.

Posting on social media last week, officers said they council was arranging to clean the area at Castle Park.

Officers are urging anyone who has seen anything in recent weeks to reports it, via 101.

They also shared the poster from Frontier Medical Group, on what to do if you suffer a sharps injury.

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"There have been reports of used needles being left in the children's play park at Castle Park, Liskeard.

"Cornwall Council are arranging to clean the area.

"Please be aware if you are in the park and should the worse happen please follow the instructions.

"If you have any information on this or any other matter please do not hesitate to contact us on 101 or call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111".

Liskeard Police

The problem of used needles:

These reports come after a toddler picked up a used needle after a trip to the park in Penzance.

Dad Thomas Galea has been clearing them ever since and has so far collected around 200.

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Dad Thomas Galea has been clearing used needles in Penzance after his toddler picked one up on a trip to the park

"I felt I'd let him down. I felt really bad because obviously you're in a park and you think it's a safe area.

"You watch them 24/7 - you don't expect them to bend down and pick up a needle.

Thomas Galea

What do I do if I find a used needle?

"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".

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