Find them, photograph them and dispose of them - one man’s campaign to rid Wisbech of discarded needles
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Two years ago, a mother was shocked when her baby son walking alongside her almost landed on a needle in the grass.
She said: “It nearly got him - he looked up after he fell and said ‘Look mummy!
“So, I grabbed him and put him in the pram”.
Mum added: “Knowing users are dropping needles in my area - I don’t want to run the risk.”
It was against a background of similar stories of needle finds that prompted one Wisbech man to begin a campaign to remove needles from the town.
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In January of last year, the man began looking for needles when he was out and about – photographing his finds before safely disposing of them.
He also took a photo of each find and began a Facebook page with a note underneath each noting where they’d been found.
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Since then he’s found over 80 needles in and around the town.
And plans to continue his efforts to make Wisbech safer.
Fenland District Council urges clinical waste such as needles to be disposed of properly – and that mean in an approved sharps bin.
The sharps containers must then be taken to a recognised chemist for disposal.
Not everyone, however, seems to be following that guidance.