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News Archive > General > School run is a load of rubbish

School run is a load of rubbish

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

School run is a load of rubbish
The rubbish in Pondhu Road

DISGUSTED parents have spoken of their fear of taking their children for a walk around St Austell after finding bottles of urine and used drug needles dumped along a popular school run.

Residents and parents who walked passed the site of a former garage in Pondhu Road have been horrified at the amount of alcohol and drug-related litter which has been ditched there over the last few months.

Bottles of urine, discarded drug needles and other rubbish has been left at the site.  
One parent, who did not want to be named, told the Voice: “I’m afraid to take my own children to the local park or out for a walk.

“There are so many junkies about it is unreal. It disgusts me. There was once a child who got pricked with a needle in the park.

“There are bottles filled with urine and laughing gas canisters and other drug paraphernalia.”

The Voice revealed in 2011 how an eight-year-old boy had been forced to undergo emergency HIV and hepatitis testing after being stabbed by a discarded hypodermic needle while playing in Truro Road Park.

Daniel Trudgeon was pricked in the hand by a blood-filled syringe after the youngsters discovered a box of used needles dumped under some trees in the corner of the playground.

His parents rushed him to hospital where doctors gave him an injection to guard against Hepatitis B and took blood samples.

His family then faced an agonising six-month wait to find out if their son has contracted HIV or Hepatitis C.

Luckily he was given the all clear. Speaking at the time Daniel’s father said more needed to be done to clean up the town.

Six years on and worried parents are still calling for the same action to be taken.

Earlier this month needles were found in Poltair Park and used drug paraphernalia was found on the footpath through the park in May.

On both occasions it was immediately removed from the area by St Austell Town Council which is now responsible for the park.

Cornwall councillor for the Gover ward, where the problem has arisen, said: “Cornwall Council workers did clear some of the bottles away a while back but it has just built up again.

“When people find needles they must report it because if they don’t then we won’t know they are there to clear them up. It is so important that they are reported.”

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

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