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Great Harwood mum's disgust over needles dumped in her garden
7:00am Tuesday 5th June 2012 in Great Harwood
A MUM has spoken of her disgust after a pile of dirty needles were dumped in her garden.
Kathy Haworth, who lives in Back Church Street, Great Harwood, complained to Hyndburn Council after 25 bags worth of rubbish were tipped into her back yard where her seven-year-old son plays.
Kathy, 36, also expressed her anger at Hyndburn Council, who she said took 11 days to remove the dangerous waste.
She said: “My son could have fallen and taken his eye out, it was very dangerous and I assumed they would come out the same day.
“There are children in the vicinity too and they play out up there.
“You don’t expect things like that in Great Harwood, but when it does happen, you expect the council to back you.”
Kathy, who works as a nursery manager in the town, said council officers had also seemed more concerned about taking her second wheelie bin away than removing the needles.
She said: “They have got a priority issue, it was ludicrous.
“I feel I was turned into a criminal by Hyndburn Council for having two wheelie bins.”
Gareth Molineux, councillor for the Oveston ward, said he would be happy to speak with Kathy to help resolve the issue.
He said: “Eleven days does seem quite slow and I am sure that if the portfolio holder for environmental protection had been aware of this, they would have made sure it had been cleaned up the same day.
“What is worrying is where those needles have come from.
“Fly tipping is increasing in the town and we are receiving more and more calls every day.
“If there are any other instances like this, residents can call me and we will make sure we deal with it as quickly as we can.”
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