A Forfar mother has this week said her children are at risk from discarded syringes and needles found near her home.
Debbie Carnegie, who lives at Viewmount, has said that her own and her neighbours’ children have found them on four or five occasions over the last few months and she is now afraid to let her son and daughter out to play.
She said: “On one occasion they found a bottle containing four needles with sharps. They have been found directly outside the front door and often in the drying area out the back.”
She also criticised advice she was given when she reported the matter, saying that she had been told to dispose of the needles herself. A Police Scotland spokeswoman, however, said that under no circumstances should the public touch syringes or needles.
She said: “Anyone who finds a needle or syringe should not touch it, or try to put it in a litter bin, or down a drain, or flush it down the toilet. Angus residents should call the Angus Council Accessline on 08452 777778. They will arrange collection and safe disposal. Outwith office hours and at weekends please notify the police.
“Anyone who has information regarding drug misuse or dealing is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.