Used syringes wash up in public park

Date: Friday 4th August 2017
Some of the syringes washed up in Wetheriggs Country Park
Some of the syringes washed up in Wetheriggs Country Park

USED syringes have been found at a public park in Penrith after being washed up out of a flooded sewer.

Shocked residents who found the syringes on a grass verge at Wetheriggs Country Park say it is another sign of the failing drain system. In the past, items including toilet roll, contraceptives and sanitary products, have been washed on to pathways and grass verges throughout the park.

There are concerns that it should be treated as a “health hazard” after very heavy downpours because the sewers cannot cope.

Most members of the public are oblivious that their children or pets are wading through “contaminated” water from the sewers, said daily users of the park. “The public and children deserve better than this,” said a group of frustrated residents in a letter to the Herald.

Full story in Saturday's paper