Saxmundham: Police investigate after reports of drug needles and syringes found at Memorial Field
19:00 11 June 2014
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.”