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Crackdown on discarded drugs needles in Peterborough

The boxes are designed to encourage people to safely dispose of needles, syringes and other drugs equipment. Photo: ITV Anglia

New needle disposal boxes are being installed across Peterborough to help crack down on discarded drugs paraphernalia.

The city council is working with the police and local charities for the 'Needless Needles' project after concerns were raised about the number of syringes being left in the streets.

The boxes are designed to encourage people to safely dispose of needles and other drugs equipment.

Concerns have been raised about the number of syringes being left in the streets. Credit: ITV Anglia

Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council's cabinet holder for communities, said: "Discarded needles are not an uncommon sight in many towns and cities in the UK. So, this is not a problem unique to Peterborough, but we want to do everything within our power to protect the health and safety of the public."

The task group behind the project have also produced reporting cards to help raise awareness and encourage people to come forward with what they find.

Watch ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson's report on the launch:

"The task group have listened to concerns from residents and partner groups and are confident that the new needle boxes will make a positive difference. We would encourage users to make use of them and ask members of the public to continue to report any finds."

– Councillor Irene Walsh