Syringes, spoons left at sta­tion for a week

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A BERTRAM res­i­dent is dis­gusted that four syringes and spoons had been left at the Kwinana train sta­tion for more than a week.

Lexie Rior­dan first saw the syringes in the gar­den, near the bridge and foot­path, at 7am on Tues­day, May 8.

“I de­scribed to the tran­sit guards where they were and they said they would seize them,” she said.

How­ever, when Mrs Rior­dan was catch­ing the train yes­ter­day, she saw the nee­dles still in the gar­den. “It’s just shock­ing,” she said.

“Al­though they are out of the way, there are kids wait­ing to go to school.”

Mrs Rior­dan said she had sent pho­tos of the syringes and emailed the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity (PTA) to com­plain.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the safety of pas­sen­gers and staff was its pri­or­ity.

“We will dis­pose of them as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“Sharp dis­posal con­tain­ers are pro­vided at some sta­tions, in­clud­ing Kwinana, so that nee­dles can be dis­posed of safely to pro­tect pas­sen­gers and staff from ex­po­sure.

“Our tran­sit of­fi­cers also have ac­cess to por­ta­ble sharp dis­posal kits.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple don’t con­sider the health and safety of oth­ers and dis­pose of syringes im­prop­erly.”

Any­one who finds syringes should call the PTA Com­men­tLine on 13 62 13 and pro­vide a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the lo­ca­tion.

Syringes and spoons were left at Kwinana train sta­tion for more than a week.

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