DRUG syringes discarded on a street are worrying residents, according to a senior councillor.
Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader of Flintshire Council, said residents in his town of Connah’s Quay have expressed fears after used needles and syringes were found in the Deans Place area.
He said: “One resident told me her husband was out with their grandson who went to pick something up off the floor and found it to be a used syringe.
“Deans Place is becoming a regular hideout for this kind of behaviour. We can’t have youngsters picking these up. It’s just reckless, people are petrified.”
In an attempt to clean up the area, Cllr Attridge took it upon himself to go to Deans Place and pick up the needles.
Cllr Attridge discovered a fully exposed needle and four more with plastic applicators.
He has slammed those responsible.
“One elderly woman came to me really upset, so I got my litter picker out to get rid of them,” he said. “There are proper places for people to get support and dispose of these needles where they don’t put residents at risk.
“It’s disgraceful really, the people who drop these needles in places like this are the scum of the earth, people could stand on them or kids could get hold of them.”
Services are provided by Flintshire Council to ensure the safe removal of needles and syringes, including sharps boxes and arranged collections by its Streetscene team.
Cllr Attridge said he had been informed by North Wales Police patrols would be increased around Deans Place following the reports.
“Residents are informing us there is an ongoing drug presence in the area and it needs stamping out,” he said.
“Deans Place is a lovely, quiet area but it is a shame that in the last six months it has become worse and worse. This needs to be nipped in the bud.”