Father finds used syringe in garden of family home in The Groves, York

Father finds used syringe in garden of family home

Father finds used syringe in garden of family home

First published in News by , hannahl.bryan@nqyne.co.uk

A FATHER has described his horror after his partner found a used syringe in their back garden just moments after their young daughter had been playing outside.

Tom Smith, 32, of Brownlow Street, The Groves, arrived home from work to his upset partner Gemma Matthews, 31, who had removed the used needle, which still had blood in it, from their garden. The couple’s daughter Summer, who turns two next month, had been playing in the garden shortly before it was found.

“We had that horrible feeling in the pit of our stomachs of ‘oh my God, what if she touched it,” said Tom.

“Gemma was quite upset and it’s horrific really. Just the thought of it is horrible. You can see blood in it and the needle is still attached to it.”

Although aware of drug users in the area, Tom said that the problem had never been this bad and on further inspection, the York St John University worker found more used needles and other drugs paraphernalia down an alleyway at the side of his house.

He said: “The alleyway is clearly visible from the road but there are loads of syringes there.

“It’s a bit disturbing and there was a beer can which has been ripped up and burnt where they have cooked heroin on it.”

Earlier this month a petition was launched by residents and shopkeepers in the area to ban street drinkers but Tom says the police need to do more to tackle the ongoing drugs problem.

He said: “It’s really worrying with the primary school being right down the street and these people are obviously really brazen about doing it.

“I’d like my local PCSO to be doing more.”

Inspector Andy Haigh, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said the police were aware of the issue and urged residents to report any problems.

He said: “We are aware of a number of issues in The Groves area and are working with partner agencies to address them.

“In the main, the problems are around street drinking and discarded alcohol containers, however syringes are clearly a serious issue.

“Last week we held a ‘week of action’ in The Groves area with our partner agencies to address some of the problems raised by residents.

“One of the key messages to residents is to report any discarded items linked to drugs and alcohol, to the police or the council and we will take action.”

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10:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

Chippykev says...

The trouble is when reporting issues in the Groves is that the Police always, and I mean always come back with the answer 'We are aware of the issues and are dealing with it', we'll let me assure everyone that I have lived in the Groves for years and I don't see any difference from day to day, still all the drinkers are here in groups, Police just drive by. Who's trying it kid who here!!!
The trouble is when reporting issues in the Groves is that the Police always, and I mean always come back with the answer 'We are aware of the issues and are dealing with it', we'll let me assure everyone that I have lived in the Groves for years and I don't see any difference from day to day, still all the drinkers are here in groups, Police just drive by. Who's trying it kid who here!!! Chippykev
  • Score: 20

10:46am Sat 5 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Agree Chippy, The Authorities know we know and still fail, If local citizens did get involved the Police would blame them for getting involved, seems the council dont care and the other authorities are just (AWARE) ???
Think ACTION not WORDS ....
Agree Chippy, The Authorities know we know and still fail, If local citizens did get involved the Police would blame them for getting involved, seems the council dont care and the other authorities are just (AWARE) ??? Think ACTION not WORDS .... Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 9

2:09pm Sat 5 Jul 14

eboracum says...

Don't push too hard, or these dummies may be tempted to bring in someone else on £700 per day just to do their job for them!
Don't push too hard, or these dummies may be tempted to bring in someone else on £700 per day just to do their job for them! eboracum
  • Score: 12

4:12pm Sat 5 Jul 14

tinkerbell-1000 says...

Chippykev wrote:
The trouble is when reporting issues in the Groves is that the Police always, and I mean always come back with the answer 'We are aware of the issues and are dealing with it', we'll let me assure everyone that I have lived in the Groves for years and I don't see any difference from day to day, still all the drinkers are here in groups, Police just drive by. Who's trying it kid who here!!!
Totally agree chippykev.
[quote][p][bold]Chippykev[/bold] wrote: The trouble is when reporting issues in the Groves is that the Police always, and I mean always come back with the answer 'We are aware of the issues and are dealing with it', we'll let me assure everyone that I have lived in the Groves for years and I don't see any difference from day to day, still all the drinkers are here in groups, Police just drive by. Who's trying it kid who here!!![/p][/quote]Totally agree chippykev. tinkerbell-1000
  • Score: 7

11:06pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Tom6187 says...

The Groves, say no more.
The Groves, say no more. Tom6187
  • Score: -2

4:06pm Sun 6 Jul 14

lezyork1966 says...

maybe organise vigilante teams at night to clear up the area, any trouble causes can be soon dealt with and re-educated with a length of 2x2 lol...

I lived in the groves for a couple of years in the early 90's in a laverack mansion, it wasn't this bad then wheres all the bloody drug nonsense come from? I'd like to blame students but i dont think they can afford it
maybe organise vigilante teams at night to clear up the area, any trouble causes can be soon dealt with and re-educated with a length of 2x2 lol... I lived in the groves for a couple of years in the early 90's in a laverack mansion, it wasn't this bad then wheres all the bloody drug nonsense come from? I'd like to blame students but i dont think they can afford it lezyork1966
  • Score: 1

10:58am Mon 7 Jul 14

steve_york says...

yes, I had the same on Milton st, Lawrence st. the police were not interested at all, and told me to call the environment agency to clean it up, and were not interested in looking into drug use in the area or st nicholas fields, which is where I found more walking my friends dog. So apparently nothing can be done. What a great city we live in.
yes, I had the same on Milton st, Lawrence st. the police were not interested at all, and told me to call the environment agency to clean it up, and were not interested in looking into drug use in the area or st nicholas fields, which is where I found more walking my friends dog. So apparently nothing can be done. What a great city we live in. steve_york
  • Score: 0

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