Warn­ing af­ter used nee­dles found on path near school

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A MUM has warned par­ents and dog walk­ers af­ter she dis­cov­ered used nee­dles on a pub­lic foot­path on her way to col­lect her daugh­ter from nurs­ery school.

Ruth Ea­ton, who lives on Peter Street in Mac­cles­field, was walk­ing down the al­ley be­tween Loney Street, Peter Street and West Bond Street when she saw ‘at least three’ used nee­dles on the floor.

Ruth, 32, who moved from Wythen­shawe two years ago with her three-year-old daugh­ter Eleanor and part­ner, Louis, said: “To find that on a school run is not very nice. We moved here to be in a bet­ter area. No-one needs to see that, let alone a child. Chil­dren could pick the nee­dles up and hurt them­selves, or they could in­jure dogs.”

She added that a lot of par­ents used the route to get to Eleanor’s school, Parkroyal Pre-School, or to cut through to Mac­cles­field Academy.

She said: “I’ve seen sus­pi­cious char­ac­ters, lager cans and bro­ken glass there be­fore.”

“Eleanor fin­ishes at lunchtime and there are of­ten men in the al­ley­way hang­ing around hid­ing things when you walk past. I just put my head down and walk quickly.

“My part­ner Louis has said be­fore that he wishes I wouldn’t use the al­ley­way but it’s the quick­est and eas­i­est way as there are no roads to cross apart from West Bond Street. I won’t be us­ing it again though.

“Ev­ery­where has bad

ar­eas but you don’t ex­pect this on your doorstep.”

The coun­cil has now cleared the nee­dles and de­bris.

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “This mat­ter was dealt with as a mat­ter of ur­gency.”

Parkroyal pre-school leader Lindsey Scott said: “It’s a cut-through that’s al­ways been a bit messy with dog dirt but this is the first we’ve heard of nee­dles there.

“It’s a bit wor­ry­ing and we will ad­vise par­ents in our news­let­ter.”

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●● Ruth Ea­ton, above, found nee­dles in the pas­sage off West Bond Sreet

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