Concerned parents have been left “incredibly worried” after a number of needles were discovered in a children’s play area.
Police claim that the needles, at Unity Place, Buckshaw Village, had been dumped by diabetics, rather than illegal drug users.
Officers say they are reassuring residents they are working closely to deal with the issue, as itis the second time needles have been found at the site.
They say they believe that the needles were for diabetic use rather than illegal drugs.
Coun Riggott said: “I straight away walked over to inspect the area myself and to warn anybody using the play equipment and I was joined by PC Mike Payne who promptly checked the area and cleared away the needles.
“Residents were shocked and as a dad to two young children, this is an incredibly worrying incident. The ‘what if’ thoughts stick with you for quite a while.
“I am aware of how much effort the local policing team and RMG have put into preventing incidents and I will continue to liaise with them.”
PC Mike Pane said the force was “fully aware” of these incidents.
He said: “When such a find is discovered we respond as quickly as possible, on the last incident in May the police removed the needles safely early in the morning. The needles appeared to be diabetic rather than hypodermic. Police patrol the area regularly.”
A police spokesman said the needles were thought to be for diabetic use as an officer who helped to dispose of them is familiar with diabetic needles.
He said: “If any person discovers needles contact police or the council and do not touch.”