FEARs have been expressed after used needles were found next to a Flintshire school.
An abandoned bungalow which backs on to Holywell High School is littered with drug paraphernalia, broken glass, and discarded bottles of medication, plus much more potential hazards.
The privately-owned home on Strand Walk, just yards away from a children’s playground, has been described as a “danger”.
Concerned mother-of-one Jade Jones, 21, said she often sees one little boy playing in the grounds of the bungalow and she fears for his safety.
Visiting the derelict building, the Leader uncovered up to 20 used needles in the garden with more yellow ‘Sharps Bins’ packed with syringes.
Ms Jones, who lives opposite the bungalow, described it as being a “crack den,” adding: “It is a big concern as a parent.
“There are a few children on the estate who play around the area,” she said.
“There is a little boy who plays in there all the time. It is really worrying.”
She said children would have no idea what the yellow boxes are and the potential risks.
The Mayor of Holywell, Ted Palmer, has expressed his concern and said he had reported the problem to Flintshire Council’s Environment Department.
“It is a concern because the syringes are all over the place,” he said. “It is a priority to get it sorted. It is a danger.”
Cllr Palmer says despite the home being privately owned, Flintshire Council still has a responsibility to keep the community safe.
Pensioner June Dodd, who lives next door, said it had been derelict, for up to two years.
“It is in a hell of a mess,” she said. “I used to see children there all the time.
“I have reported it several times – no one comes around.”
Mrs Dodd is also concerned the poor state of the building will attract vermin to the area.
Scott Rowley, Flintshire Council interim public protection manager, said: "The council was notified of the issue relating to needles on the property on Wednesday.
We will prioritise the safe collection of the needles and securing of the property to ensure we reduce any risk to the public.”