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PHOTOS: Used needles found dumped in Cornish towns

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:06pm 11th October 2018. (Updated at 12:08pm 11th October 2018)

A warning has gone out to parents after a used needles were found dumped in two Cornish towns.

One was found on the path on Tower Road in Newquay on Tuesday night.

Paul shared photos to the Newquay group on Facebook and urged people to watch what their children pick up.

Somebody else commented saying four other needles were found in the graveyard on Crantock Street.

One was reportedly capped and the other three weren't - they were reported to officials.

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This needle was picked up by a child on Perranporth beach

Elsewhere another used needle was found discarded in Bodmin, near the Camel Trail.

Parents are being urged to be vigilant.

Locals say there is a sharps box in some local toilets that is well known for drug users, and officials are trying to tackle the problem.

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This collection of used needles were found dumped in a park in Penzance

Safer Cornwall has this advice about discarded needles:

"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.

"Cornwall Council offer a clinical waste collection service which can be found here.

"Syringes may also be found amongst flytipped rubbish, and this be reported here.

"Cornwall Council receives regular reports of discarded needles throughout Cornwall, and has an effective system for the swift removal and disposal of this hazardous waste.

"However, Safer Cornwall has additionally taken the opportunity to gather the data on the needle finds and use it to help address the root problem."

Safer Cornwall

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Another needle found in a children's play park - this time in Liskeard

"If you find needles, or other drug-related paraphernalia including syringes and other hazardous items, either report it via our website https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/street-care-and-cleaning/litter/needles-and-drug-litter/ or call 0300 1234 100, so we can collect them and dispose of them safely.

"It’s really important that these are reported centrally so we can understand the scale of the issue.

"Unfortunately we can’t monitor social media reports or information shared through other networks and would urge people to make a report to us."

Cornwall Council

You can report drug-related litter to Cornwall Council here.

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