Council issues statement after over 200 needles found in Chesterfield
Council bosses have commented after more than 200 hypodermic needles were found in Chesterfield.
The Chesterfield Litter Picking Group made the grim discovery in an orchard off Harehill Road on Monday morning.
A group spokesperson said: “We didn’t get quite as much litter picking as we wanted to do after finding the 200+ needles.
“It’s immensely sad to see this and it took forever to get them all into this pile.”
A Chesterfield Borough Council spokesperson said: “Needles, syringes and drug-related items can be a serious hazard if they are left on the streets, in parks and other public places – to people, pets and wildlife.
“If anyone finds discarded needles we would urge them to contact us directly as soon as possible so we can clean up the area and dispose of the needles in a safe way.
“If you find a discarded needle, please don’t put yourself or others at risk; don’t separate the needle from the syringe, or attempt to replace the cap, don’t hide or disguise it and please don’t put it in a household or public bin, down a drain or down the toilet.
“Please report the issue to us as soon as possible, online at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/my-chesterfield or call 01246 345345.
“Our thanks go to litter picking volunteers for helping to keep our community clean.
"We work closely with organised groups to advise them on what to do if they come across hazardous waste.”
Many people aired their concerns about this story on our Facebook page.
One man said: “It’s disgusting.”
Others called for police to ‘do more’ to tackle drug-related issues.