WORKERS on a community clear up were left shocked after finding drug users’ needles discarded in an alley.

The discovery was made at the alley on the corner of Randall Street and Kendal Street, in the Shear Brow ward of Blackburn.

The needles were said to have been contaminated with blood and Coun Suleman Khonat, who was overseeing the clear up with the workers, has said it had left him very concerned.

Coun Khonat added: “All last week we had been working on the cleaning of gully’s throughout the local area and to come across such a thing is very worrying and shocking.

“We are working very closely with the police to make sure this does not happen again and I urge all parents throughout the community to remain vigilant to the dangers that are out there.

“We will continue to work closely with the entire community and educate them on the harmful effects of drugs and their usage.

“This must be stopped as such behaviour is damaging to the individuals and the community.”

Sergeant Abid Khan, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing for the area, said: “We continue to do all we can to reduce the supply and use of drugs and the impact they have on our communities.

“We work closely with Environmental Health and if we are informed of any needles in the area then we will ensure that they are removed as safely and quickly as possible.

“We continue to act on information provided by the public.

“Recently, we have carried out several drugs warrants in the local area which has led to a number of arrests and drug seizures.

“We take the issue of drugs very seriously and I urge members of the public to continue to contact us with any information or concerns.”

Call police on 01254 691551 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.