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Number of discarded needles in Cambridge falls - but 50 found near primary school

By Adrian Curtis

The number of discarded needles found in much of Cambridge has dropped significantly in the past year.

The number of discarded needles found in Cambridge has dropped significantly
The number of discarded needles found in Cambridge has dropped significantly

The latest figures for the wards of Abbey, Coleridge, Petersfield and Romsey, up to February this year, showed the number of incidents had fallen from 1,080 to 340.

But some of the finds were alarming considering the locations in which they were discovered.

One incident included the discovery of some 50 needles having to be removed from bushes close to St Matthew’s Primary School in Norfolk Street.

Meanwhile in Romsey, 55 needles were removed from an alleyway in Thoday Street in January and in Petersfield four needles were found in a cloth bag in a wheelie bin in Bradmore Lane last November.

The biggest drop in the number of needles was in Abbey ward, where the figures revealed a sharp decline from 426 (between September 2017 and February 2018) to 18 for the same period a year later.

A spokesperson for the city council said: “The city council’s rapid response cleaning teams respond within two hours during our working day (including the weekend) to any report of needles left in public places, and as soon as possible at all other times.

“If a member of the public finds a needle, they should report it by calling 01223 458282 during office hours, or the emergency line on 0300 303 8389 at other times. On no account should members of the public attempt to clear them themselves.

“We also provide safe disposal means of sharps in all cubicles in the majority of public toilets.”


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