Dozens of drug needles found close to playground in Sheffield park
Dozens of drugs needles were found close to a children’s playground during a clean-up of a park branded ‘a major concern’ by local residents.
South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council worked together to transform Hanover Park in Broomhall after residents complained about drug use and anti-social behaviour there.
COURT: Four men due to stand trial over murder of Sheffield dad Jarvin Blake Acting Sergeant Dave Taylor said: "Residents told our officers that bushes around the park meant that anti-social behaviour was becoming a big problem.
“We then completed some weapon sweeps and land searches in and around the park and found a huge amount of drug paraphernalia including dozens of used needles, close to the play area.”
CRIME: Murder remains unsolved nearly eight months since fatal stabbing in SheffieldSgt Taylor added: “By doing this, the space is more open and welcoming, it is less desirable for those causing anti-social behaviour and safer for young children playing in the park.
“The overgrown bushes are clearly a magnet for the disposal of needles and other dangerous paraphernalia, three more buckets worth were gathered during their removal.“This is a great example of how we can achieve results when working together, the information we gathered from local people last year, has led to the transformation of what was a dangerous space in the city.”