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Concerns for children’s safety after drug needles discarded in north-east garden

Jamie Findlay at his back garden at Churchill Drive, Peterhead, where drug users have been leaving used needles.
Jamie Findlay at his back garden at Churchill Drive, Peterhead, where drug users have been leaving used needles.

A north-east dad has been left “furious” after dozens of used syringes were dumped in his garden leaving his daughter unable to play outside.

Jamie Findlay is concerned about the safety of his children after making the discovery at his home in Peterhead’s Churchill Drive.

The 30-year-old spotted the abandoned hypodermics while looking out of a window on Sunday morning.

Mr Findlay has said that none of the youngsters, who are aged 11, 10 and six, are allowed outside anymore in case they get a nasty prick.

He said: “My partner looked out the kitchen window and she made me aware of it and we phoned the police.

“My daughter was here and she had seen it all lying out in the garden as well.  I tried to keep her away from the window so she couldn’t see what it was.

“I can’t let the kids out to play in case there is anything lying about.

“I am furious with the council because I want out of here.  I have been brought up in this area and this is the worst I have ever seen it.”

Mr Findlay is urging the local authority to step in and find him a new house so he can leave behind the home he has lived in for the last decade.

He said the entire incident is something that “no father should have to deal with” and that his loved one’s safety was his main priority.

Mr Findlay said: “This is out of order and a risk to my daughter’s safety and also my partner’s two children, who also have to deal with the same at my property.

“I have to put my family through this as well which makes me furious as no father should have to deal with it.

“The council and the police are fully aware of the situation with the needles.

“My family’s health and safety come first and should be made a priority now.”

A police spokeswoman said: “It is usually the council who arrange for the removal and safe disposal of discarded syringes and other drug related items.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police did attend and there were some items that were deemed unsafe and they were removed.

“The council attended later and carried out a full clean up.”

Rob Simpson, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of housing, said: “We can confirm we have received the letter and are discussing the concerns directly with the tenant.

“As a result, we have lodged a report with Police Scotland and will be taking a partnership approach to the issues that have been raised.”

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