Discarded needles at Darwen graves

DISCARDED needles, empty beer cans and other rubbish have been found dumped on the site of four graves in Darwen town centre.

A councillor has hit out at the ‘mindless idiots’ responsible for the fly-tipping at the grave site, behind the former HSBC bank in The Circus.

Sunnyhurst councillor Peter Hollings said the graves, once part of an old Methodist chapel that was on the site, had also been daubed with graffiti.

The area was included in a large-scale council-organised Your Call clean-up earlier this month that saw more than 200 young primary school children from Holy Trinity litter pick in the town.

Coun Hollings said: “The graffiti has been removed from the headstones, and most of the litter removed.

“Also the police have been asked to check on the area.

“As this is an unloved part of our heritage, we need to make this scrubland more attractive to the public and less attractive to these mindless idiots.”

Coun Hollings said the land, which is owned by the council, is protected by a covenant, most likely protecting the graves.

He suggested erecting an ornate fence around the area, similar to the nearby Boer War memorial, would be ideal but costly.

He said: “I want to get the public to be more vigilant on this.

“If people are seen gathering in the area, report it to the police.

“It is very concerning that people are taking drugs in the open like they are here and it needs to be stopped.

“When we did the clean-up with children from Holy Trinity, we had to go in and remove all the needles first to make it less dangerous for them.”

Coun Hollings said there might be no remains beneath the headstones and, if that was the case, there was the potential to have them moved.

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1:22pm Sun 29 Dec 13

woolywords says...

It is high time that there was legislation in place, to prosecute those whom discard their drugs abuse paraphernalia in such a cavalier manner. It is, in my opinion, tantamount to the types of criminal neglect, that would see others, in any industry, heavily fined or jailed for being so negligent.
We legislate against those whom spit on the street, or allow their dogs to foul them, why not in this case? Whilst there is evidence of the possibility, that one may contract any of a number of communicable diseases after being pricked by a needle, there is nothing, in law, apart from littering fines, to really drive home the message of intolerance to this behaviour.
Am willing to bet that, a large proportion of the people are 'known to the police' and therefore will have a record of their DNA, on file, why not get the Police to collect the needles, have them tested and pass on the cost of processing the evidence and a fine too?
I've no problem in reporting the many empty bottles of Methadone that litter this area, to the Police. Whether they process them or not, for fingerprints and DNA, I don't know. You should do the same with discarded syringes when you come across them. One of us is going to get fed up of this and do something about it, eventually.
What a shame that some of our more vociferous and vacillating councillors, can't seem to get a bandwagon together, to stamp out this problem, rather than sitting on the licensing panels, approving the sale of alcohol, then decrying it's cultural effects. You might find that people are more intolerant of drugs abuse than they are of a few alcoholics since there is a direct correlation between drugs abuse and crime in any area.
It is high time that there was legislation in place, to prosecute those whom discard their drugs abuse paraphernalia in such a cavalier manner. It is, in my opinion, tantamount to the types of criminal neglect, that would see others, in any industry, heavily fined or jailed for being so negligent. We legislate against those whom spit on the street, or allow their dogs to foul them, why not in this case? Whilst there is evidence of the possibility, that one may contract any of a number of communicable diseases after being pricked by a needle, there is nothing, in law, apart from littering fines, to really drive home the message of intolerance to this behaviour. Am willing to bet that, a large proportion of the people are 'known to the police' and therefore will have a record of their DNA, on file, why not get the Police to collect the needles, have them tested and pass on the cost of processing the evidence and a fine too? I've no problem in reporting the many empty bottles of Methadone that litter this area, to the Police. Whether they process them or not, for fingerprints and DNA, I don't know. You should do the same with discarded syringes when you come across them. One of us is going to get fed up of this and do something about it, eventually. What a shame that some of our more vociferous and vacillating councillors, can't seem to get a bandwagon together, to stamp out this problem, rather than sitting on the licensing panels, approving the sale of alcohol, then decrying it's cultural effects. You might find that people are more intolerant of drugs abuse than they are of a few alcoholics since there is a direct correlation between drugs abuse and crime in any area. woolywords

9:51pm Sun 29 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

no excuses what so ever for this selfish behaviour by these drug users,,is there nothing sacred any more ?
no excuses what so ever for this selfish behaviour by these drug users,,is there nothing sacred any more ? noddy57

12:54am Tue 31 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Instead of playing table tennis and darts all day, is there any reason why the Fire Brigade can't clean it up.
Instead of playing table tennis and darts all day, is there any reason why the Fire Brigade can't clean it up. 3 for 10p

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