A used needle disposal device with a HIV warning on it was discovered dumped at the side of a road in Creggan this week.
A local landowner discovered the needle bin, syringes and other injection paraphernalia in a field near Heather Road on Wednesday.
The local landowner then contacted local Sinn Fein Councillor, Kevin Campbell, who has since made arrangements to have the items removed safely.
“It’s at this time of year when young children start to explore that part of Creggan with their friends. A child could have picked this up - it’s utterly shocking,” said Colr. Campbell.
Amongst the items discovered by the land owner was a needle bin which is issued by doctors and hospitals to people who use needles to inject themselves.
The needle bin is supposed to be a secure piece of equipment and as a result of its contents it comes with a warning that if handled carelessly it could result in a person being infected with HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
“It’s quite chilling to think that something like this has been dumped at the side of the road.
“It shows that whoever did this has absolutely no regard for the local community.
“Items such as these come with strict guidelines on how they are to be disposed of so I can’t understand why someone would do this.
“My message, especially at this time of year when the evenings are longer and the weather better, is for parents and children to take care when they are out and about. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”