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.

By Claire Lewis
Monday, 08 April, 2019, 09:54

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.

Police and council staff were involved in a clean up of a park in Sheffield

“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.” 

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CRIME: Murder remains unsolved nearly eight months since fatal stabbing in Sheffield Sgt 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.” 

Needles were found in a Sheffield park during a clean-up operation