max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Saxmundham: Police investigate after reports of drug needles and syringes found at Memorial Field

19:00 11 June 2014

Police are investigating reports that needles and syringes have been found on the Memorial Field at Saxmundham.

Police are investigating reports that needles and syringes have been found on the Memorial Field at Saxmundham.


Police have reassured residents that they are monitoring the situation after items believed to be drug paraphernalia were found on a playing field used by children.

Community leaders voiced worries about growing drug use problems, and the possibility of youngsters coming into contact with syringes and needles on the Memorial Field, Saxmundham.

But officers say they are already patrolling the area and have found no evidence so far.

Items believed to be syringes found on the field may have been tubes from electronic cigarettes.

Haydn Morris, chairman of the 1st Saxmundham Scout Group, said there had recently been vandalism of the scout hut at the site in Rendham Road and leaders were regularly having to clear up broken glass. There had also been bottles smashed on the playground.

He said: “As part of Scout Community Week we were going to do a litter pick round the field but round the pillbox we found syringes and things like that so decided we could not put scouts into that situation if there was materials from drug users about.

“One of our other leaders found needles on a separate occasion.”

Town councillor Don Tricker said: “I am worred about needles being down there – that doesn’t sound like good news to me.

“We have the scout hut there, a play area and the Memorial Field and I think we need more police patrols in place.

“It’s a very unhealthy development, quite horrifying really to think there are hypodermic needles being found in that area.”

Councillor Roger Plant said: “I don’t think it’s just up to us, I think any resident finding intravenous drug paraphernalia should report it to the police.”

Pc Kevin Stollery, of the Saxmundham and Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood Team, said officers had been in touch with the town council.

He said: “We have been to the site and found a number of filter tips in clear cellophane wraps, but no evidence of drug taking at this stage.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take action as appropriate.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

John Lewis opened in Chelmsford last month

An Essex woman is calling on retailers to do more for larger women after feeling “worthless” during a recent trip to the new John Lewis store in Chelmsford.

The puppy had horrific injuries and vets were forced to put it down to end its suffering

An eight-week-old Jack Russell terrier suffering from devastating injuries was handed to vets in Braintree on Monday.

Pupils of Haughley Primary School with Halloween lanterns they made in October 1987.

Halloween is just around the corner, meaning pumpkin carving and trick or treating will take over our lives for the next few days.

Enchanted Forest, Anglo Saxon village, West Stow - Pamela Bidwell

This week our iwitness themes was eerie Suffolk - open to anything that may spook or look odd.

Pigeons gathering for an early morning meeting at the farm gate - by Heather Tanner

Everyday our readers send in photos to iwitness24 that they have taken while out and about along the Suffolk coast, visiting one of our many beauty spots or while relaxing in their own gardens.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

Magistrates’ courts could return to towns such as Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, the police and crime commissioner has said, despite the Government shutting all but one of Suffolk’s summary courthouses last month.

CCTV images of a burglary in Ipswich

Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to after a home in Ipswich was burgled last month.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24