A FATHER-of-three said he is ‘out of his mind with worry’ after his children found dangerous drug paraphernalia while walking to school.
Andrew Beckley spoke out after they found about 10 two-and-a-half-inch needles, syringes and alcohol wipes in an alleyway behind Howden Close, in Newhall.
The 40-year-old self-employed metal worker has now pleaded for other parents to warn their children after his sons David, 12, and Luke, 14, stumbled upon the grim discovery on their morning walk to the Pingle School.
Mr Beckley said: “These are needles just a few feet from a public footpath which children are going past every day.
“They are two or three-inches-long so they would go right through a child’s trainers, the mind boggles thinking about it.
“I’m extremely worried for my kids because these scum who use them.
“It could change a child’s life, it could even kill them – I have been out of my mind with worry.”
Mr Beckley said he felt obliged to clean up the paraphernalia to protect oblivious youngsters from injuring themselves earlier this month.
After picking up the waste with a long-handled grabber, the concerned father said he then handed them to the police.
But Mr Beckley added that he decided to raise the issue with Mail after discovering more items had been left in the same spot last earlier this week, prompting him to report the finds to South Derbyshire District Council.
He said: “How many kids could have picked these up or be playing with them at home?
“I had to pick them up? I couldn’t leave them there because if there was a report of a chid getting injured I couldn’t live with myself.
“It’s really lucky that a child hasn’t been hospitalised or worse.”
A spokesman from the district council said members of its cleaning team have visited the alleyway to remove the items.
The spokesman added that members of the public can request for grot spots to be cleaned by calling its clean team on a 24-hour free phone number 0800 587 2349.