Fury over discarded syringes found near Wrexham school

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

A MOTHER has spoken of her anger after discovering brightly coloured syringes near a school.

Helen Alexander was taking her five-year-old son to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Lea Road, Wrexham, yesterday when she found the syringes nearby.

She had parked near the school in a car park off Penybryn, where she made the discovery.

Mrs Alexander, who also had her eight-month-old son with her, said: “I was so angry because they weren’t just any syringes – they were beautiful coloured ones including pink, very nice green and attractive blue.

“Who in their right mind would dish out such pretty objects, looking at it from a small child’s point of view, to drug users to leave scattered around to entice small children to pick them up?

“I had to explain to my five-year-old child all about drugs.

“I am fuming and disgusted, it’s bad enough leaving their needles around but they are brightly coloured syringes.

“I don’t think they were used needles though.”

She added: “This is in the same week that a few of the parents witnessed a small number of men leap through the fence into the car park that runs at the back of the empty and derelict shops on the St Mary's side of Penybryn, to take drugs.

“Another grandmother told me she had seen a drug user pull down his trousers and inject himself.”

Residents say a telephone box near the car park seems to be a meeting place for drug users and they also get methadone prescriptions from a nearby chemist.

Mrs Alexander is now calling for action to be taken. Problems with syringes and drugs users in the area have been ongoing for months.

In October, three-year-old Grace Howat got a puncture wound after picking up a discarded needle in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Luckily the youngster, from the Whitegates area, did not contract anything but she may still need further blood tests in future to make sure she is alright.

Since that incident pupils at the school have received talks from the police and have been taught about safety surrounding syringes.

Insp Alex Goss said he was aware of a problem with discarded needles in the area and been in discussions about it this week.

“Obviously there is a lot of work going on to tackle this and police and the local authority are working together,” he said.

“We are definitely looking at it and are looking at the allocation and cleaning up of the needles.

“Service (drug) users have a responsibility to clean up after themselves.”
 

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