Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°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.

Archant

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.

shares

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.”

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Police enquiries are ongoing

A woman arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds, has been bailed.

The suspect knocked on a door in Almond Way sometime between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Saturday last week (May 16) and threatened the 51-year-old occupant with a knife.

Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Colchester are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Susan Beckerman.

A 57-year-old woman reported missing from Felixstowe has been found, police have said.

Jeff Spicer

A 53-year-old man from Lowestoft reported missing to police has been found in Leiston, police have said.

Composer Jocelyn Pook who was raised and educated in Bury St Edmunds.

I probably wouldn’t have seen the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble had it not been for the suggestion of my film buff cousin Tom.

Artists' impression of the view from the new development towards the cathedral.

Traffic has been raised as a key issue by people who attended a public exhibition on the vision for a 1,250-home development in south-east Bury St Edmunds.

Former headteacher of the Oakwood School Eric De Smith arrives at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing

Showing no contrition or acceptance of guilt former Stowmarket headteacher Eric De Smith was jailed for seven years for sexually abusing four boys.

The scene earlier when travellers parked up at a supermarket in Woodbridge.

A group of travellers which moved in to a supermarket car park in Woodbridge has left, police have said.

BBC Springwatch presenters Martin Hughes-Games, Chris Packham and  Michaela Strachan launch the new series at Minsmere Nature Reserve.

The BBC’s new Suffolk-based Springwatch series was launched yesterday with an impassioned call from Chris Packham for the popular TV wildlife programme to be a springboard that switches viewers on to the urgent need to reverse nature’s dramatic declines.

Suffolk show day 1 
Inside the food hall 
John hadingham and tom brown of aspall

Suffolk’s agricultural community will be descending on Trinty Park for the annual Suffolk Show next week.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages