Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has written to Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger about the growing number of hypodermic needles found at public locations in Redcar & Cleveland.
A pile of discarded needles were found on Redcar seafront today, inside one of the public shelters. They were found and cleaned up by the council’s street cleaning team but it is unclear whether any members of the public came into contact with them.
The incident follows the case in Loftus earlier this month when drug needles were found discarded in bushes at a play park. A young boy was taken to hospital after coming into contact with them.
A recent report by the BBC revealed the extent of heroin use in our region, which has one of the highest death rates in the country. The findings reveal a worrying trend about drug misuse in the North East.
Anna has written to Mr Coppinger to ask what is being done to crack down on the problem and to keep public spaces safe.
“It is unacceptable that needles are being left lying around where anyone could find them, especially children. People should be able to enjoy public spaces without exposing themselves to this risk. Drug use doesn’t just harm individuals, it destroys communities, and more must be done to stamp it out.”