Needles by Sheffield nursery spark call for action

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Piles of discarded needles and drug paraphernalia are proof that a ‘crack den’ is in operation near a Sheffield city centre nursery, a campaigner has warned.

Anthony Cunningham took photographs of discarded, used needles and other evidence of drug use near Park Hill flats, which has an on-site nursery.

The 31-year-old father of four runs a group which supports homeless people in the city, called L.I.F.E. – A New Beginning.

The group operates via Facebook and runs a soup kitchen in the summer for people down on their luck.

But Mr Cunningham said more needs to be done to tackle drug use in the city centre.

He said: “I took this photo on my morning walk on Park Hill. Got to love it when they’ve got the biggest crack den near a nursery and the railway station.”

Mr Cunningham called for a ‘safe zone’ to be introduced to allow drug users to dispose of needles without the risk of causing harm to other people and to have trained medical staff on hand.

Mr Cunningham said: “It happens in other city centres. We need a smarter approach here and a new approach to drug use.”

“The drug use will only get worse, because how can you control something that’s easier to get hold of than grabbing a takeaway burger?”