Kids playing among needles and methadone bottles in Tonge Moor street

Kids playing among needles and methadone bottles in Tonge Moor street

Mum Nicki Ward surveys the mess left in the street, including hypodermic syringes, needles and methadone bottles

Some of the rubbish, including hypodermic syringes, needles and methadone bottles

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , news feature writer

BAGS of rubbish containing hypodermic needles and bottles of methadone were dumped in a Tonge Moor street where youngsters play.

Mum Nicki Ward came home from work to her home in Tonge Moor Road on Wednesday afternoon and was told about the mess in the back street by workmen.

She rang Environmental Health who put her in touch with its “sharps disposal” department, which removes discarded needles in public places, and she was told it would be removed within 24 hours.

But on Thursday afternoon Mrs Ward returned home once again to the mess, which also included rubber gloves and torn up paper.

The council said Environmental Health had no record of the call, but said the needles and bottles had now been disposed of and that the rubbish would be removed at a later date.

Mrs Ward, aged 43, said: “We have lived here for 24 years and I have never seen anything like this before.

"I have seen rubbish in the back street but nothing that could be a potential harm to children like this. It needs to be addressed.

“It all appeared on Wednesday afternoon when I came back from work at 1.30pm. I’m having work done on my house and the workmen noticed it and told me.

“I didn’t know whether it was drugs or insulin, but either way, I didn’t want anyone to pick them up or fall on them.

“The kids go up and down on their bikes and scooters — they’re only aged between six and nine so they are at that inquisitive age. People also walk up there with their dogs.”

A council spokesman said: “We sent an officer immediately to investigate and a specialist team was dispatched to remove the needles and syringes on Thursday.

"The other waste will be removed at a later date.”

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8:14am Tue 18 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Once in twentyfour hours is hardly a massive issue.

Council need to examine their processes though its far from the first time they have lost calls.

Sharps normally removed within an hour or so by security response.
Once in twentyfour hours is hardly a massive issue. Council need to examine their processes though its far from the first time they have lost calls. Sharps normally removed within an hour or so by security response. atlas123
  • Score: 10

8:35am Tue 18 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

more immigration, more drug use, fact.

draw a line in the sand for flips sake
more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake Jim271
  • Score: -7

9:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

underwater says...

Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!.
Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!. underwater
  • Score: -25

12:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gingernutz says...

Jim271 wrote:
more immigration, more drug use, fact.

draw a line in the sand for flips sake
Prove it?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake[/p][/quote]Prove it? gingernutz
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

He doesn't need to.
He doesn't need to. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Drug use (of the type injected) is falling fact!
Drug use (of the type injected) is falling fact! atlas123
  • Score: 0

2:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

DC Ferret says...

Jim271 wrote:
more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake
imbecile
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake[/p][/quote]imbecile DC Ferret
  • Score: -1

3:49pm Tue 18 Mar 14

sallyupsteps says...

Jim271 wrote:
more immigration, more drug use, fact.

draw a line in the sand for flips sake
What has this article got to do with immigration. The dumpers are more than likely one of our own.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake[/p][/quote]What has this article got to do with immigration. The dumpers are more than likely one of our own. sallyupsteps
  • Score: -2

4:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

The dealers are getting new customers every week.
The dealers are getting new customers every week. Jim271
  • Score: 1

5:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

eileencoffey says...

This is getting out of hand, not only needles are being dumped but allsorts of rubbish, paint pots ,brushes etc. in any bodies back alleyways, rubble and building waste. are these persons so ignorant ,yes they don't want it in their back alley/street. So why should we.? If you see them please report them to the council refuse department.
This is getting out of hand, not only needles are being dumped but allsorts of rubbish, paint pots ,brushes etc. in any bodies back alleyways, rubble and building waste. are these persons so ignorant ,yes they don't want it in their back alley/street. So why should we.? If you see them please report them to the council refuse department. eileencoffey
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Jim271 wrote:
The dealers are getting new customers every week.
Bullsh!t it is not just the dealers it is the licenced idiots also that do not give a to$$ once the garbage walks out of their door... I lost count the number of times methadone bottles and used needles, still fresh in their Landmark House bags were thrown over my wall near to the pharmacy where those scumbags got their legal dose. No they didn't drink the sh!t they risked injecting it for a greater high. They even ripped their names off the label so they could not be traced. I hope that in the years since I moved that something has been done to sort out the issue. I doubt it though.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: The dealers are getting new customers every week.[/p][/quote]Bullsh!t it is not just the dealers it is the licenced idiots also that do not give a to$$ once the garbage walks out of their door... I lost count the number of times methadone bottles and used needles, still fresh in their Landmark House bags were thrown over my wall near to the pharmacy where those scumbags got their legal dose. No they didn't drink the sh!t they risked injecting it for a greater high. They even ripped their names off the label so they could not be traced. I hope that in the years since I moved that something has been done to sort out the issue. I doubt it though. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

6:34pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mr.mark.c says...

underwater wrote:
Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!.
That has to be the most stupid idea ever, it is clinical waste (sharps) what you suggest would not only put refuse collectors in danger but also the staff that maintain the vehicles.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!.[/p][/quote]That has to be the most stupid idea ever, it is clinical waste (sharps) what you suggest would not only put refuse collectors in danger but also the staff that maintain the vehicles. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 8

10:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

biglad44 says...

underwater wrote:
Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!.
It was in the bin in the first place I know that round that area they have a lot of trouble with bin routers, low life tipping bins over on collection day to see what they can find. I have seen them in action ripping bags open looking for anything to sell or bank details. And by the time the bin men get round it's all over the back street.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Why did she not shovel the lot up into a box and bin it. Quick ,easy and no need to make any phone calls. , Children safe!.[/p][/quote]It was in the bin in the first place I know that round that area they have a lot of trouble with bin routers, low life tipping bins over on collection day to see what they can find. I have seen them in action ripping bags open looking for anything to sell or bank details. And by the time the bin men get round it's all over the back street. biglad44
  • Score: 2

10:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

biglad44 says...

gingernutz wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
more immigration, more drug use, fact.

draw a line in the sand for flips sake
Prove it?
I have seen them the are English and are living in a house up Tonge Moor
[quote][p][bold]gingernutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: more immigration, more drug use, fact. draw a line in the sand for flips sake[/p][/quote]Prove it?[/p][/quote]I have seen them the are English and are living in a house up Tonge Moor biglad44
  • Score: 4

10:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gingernutz says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
He doesn't need to.
What about backing up what he suggests is true? I thought maybe he know something that the statistics don't state? The latest statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/12 suggest that among people aged 16-59, use of most drugs has been decreasing for several years, and is around the lowest since measurements began in 1996
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: He doesn't need to.[/p][/quote]What about backing up what he suggests is true? I thought maybe he know something that the statistics don't state? The latest statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/12 suggest that among people aged 16-59, use of most drugs has been decreasing for several years, and is around the lowest since measurements began in 1996 gingernutz
  • Score: 1

6:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

biglad44 says...

I work on the bins and I we get days when bins are tipped over and bags ripped open a few times I have caught those responsible and they have been English. Those that are responsible up Tonge Moor live in a rented house for ex offenders. The only way to stop this is get up early to put your bins out. I know some people work and can't do that.
I work on the bins and I we get days when bins are tipped over and bags ripped open a few times I have caught those responsible and they have been English. Those that are responsible up Tonge Moor live in a rented house for ex offenders. The only way to stop this is get up early to put your bins out. I know some people work and can't do that. biglad44
  • Score: 5

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