Fears over discarded needles
A quarter of people in North West Dumfries are worried about discarded syringes.
The figures, from the result of a community safety survey, were called “alarming” by a councillor.
When asked what type of antisocial behaviour people found was a problem in their area, 25.6 per cent of respondents from North West Dumfries put drug paraphernalia top of the list.
Graham Bell, a councillor for the area, said: “It’s quite alarming that 25 per cent of people are concerned by discarded needles. Everywhere else that figure is around three per cent.
“We need to get on top of this. I’m aware of certain hotspots. We don’t want to have people picking these up and receiving injuries or requiring medical assistance as a result.
“I know dog fouling is a big issue but this has to be a priority as well. We’ve got to do the right thing.”
The council is addressing the issue by relocating some safety bins that are provided for needles.
In 2015 more than 650 syringes were found lying in streets throughout the region.
Shonagh Henderson, the principal officer for community safety, said: “We are dedicating extra patrols and officers are out more.
“We’ve set up working groups to focus on it and there are disposal bins which we’re planning to move because two are in the wrong location.”
If anyone sees needles or syringes discarded on public land or council premises they are asked to contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 030 33 33 3000.
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