Woodland walkers warned of drug needles danger

STOWMARKET: Residents making the most of a nearby patch of woodland have been warned to keep an eye out after a number of used drug needles were found near a pathway.

STOWMARKET: Residents making the most of a nearby patch of woodland have been warned to keep an eye out after a number of used drug needles were found near a pathway.

The unsavoury discovery was made by Madeline O'Neill as she walked two-year-old son along the path around Combs Wood in Combs Ford, Stowmarket.

She said: “On Saturday we found a lot of needles in the woods on the outskirts of Combs. They were all in some silver foil - at least six or seven, and some paraphernalia.”

Mrs O'Neill said she had notified the police and the town council about the matter but said she was concerned that other needles may still lay undiscovered at a spot popular with dog walkers.

Gary Green, a town, district and county councillor for the area, said he was not aware of any problems relating to drug needles in Combs Wood, but he would be looking in to it.

He said: “It's the first I have heard of anything at all and I understand the lady's issue with it.”

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A police spokeswoman said officers had visited the area recently with wardens and Suffolk Wildlife Trust representatives after receiving reports of general litter and youth nuisance but no evidence had been found.

She said: “We want this area to be a safe place for all to enjoy responsibly, and so would encourage anyone seeing any suspicious behaviour in the area to contact us on 01473 613500, or Suffolk Wildlife Trust.”