DRUGS paraphernalia discarded near a children’s playground could have serious consequences, a councillor fears.
Flintshire and Buckley councillor Ron Hampson said discarded syringes and other drug equipment, condoms and alcohol bottles all posed a risk to children playing at The Flash playing field in Buckley.
He believes class A drugs are being used by young people regularly congregating in the area.
“Syringes have been found there,” Cllr Hampson told the Leader. “I am fearful about the consequences of what could happen.
“An area of the field has become a bit of a drinking den and there is evidence of lots of drug use.
“People are frightened to use the area at night and residents are up in arms about it.
“Youngsters are camping in the area at weekends and there is some really wild behaviour.”
Cllr Hampson praised the efforts of PCSOs but said more could be done to tackle the issue if more police officers were in the town.
“We don’t mind young teenagers getting together but places are being abused,” Cllr Hampson added.
“They are moving out of sight of the CCTV cameras and police need to put a stop to some of this behaviour.” One resident who lives near The Flash but did not want to be named said: “There is a drug problem around here and that isn’t right, especially with a playground nearby.
Another unnamed resident said: “It’s full of it.
“You can hear them at night and there are obvious consequences for any child picking up a syringe.”
North Wales Police spokesman Claire Jones-Rowe said: “The areas are regularly patrolled and we urge anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour or substance misuse in the vicinity to contact officers at the time on 101.
“Individuals can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information on 0800 555 111.”