Syringes dumped in public laneway

A number of syringes found in the dumped bags. DER0115MC058
A number of syringes found in the dumped bags. DER0115MC058

A Derry man has expressed anger after used syringes and other rubbish were dumped in a laneway where his three-year-old plays.

The dozen bin liners of rubbish have been linked to fitness activity, and it is believed the syringes may have been used to inject steroids.

A dozen black bags of rubbish including drugs paraphenalia and syringes, found dumped outside Allgo Engineering premises at Pennyburn Industrial Estate on Friday morning. Council staff had to call for specialist equipment to remove the rubbish. DER0115MC056

A dozen black bags of rubbish including drugs paraphenalia and syringes, found dumped outside Allgo Engineering premises at Pennyburn Industrial Estate on Friday morning. Council staff had to call for specialist equipment to remove the rubbish. DER0115MC056

It was found dumped close to the city’s Dog Pound and a number of other business premises- and just yards from the city’s Pennyburn Amenity site- by workers arriving at Pennyburn Industrial Estate on Friday.

It is also close from the grounds of St Mary’s College.

One local worker, who has asked not to be identified, told the Journal:

“There is a lot of anger here. There is empty boxes of steroids and syringes among this stuff.

Some of the drugs found among the black bags dumped at Pennyburn. DER0115MC059

Some of the drugs found among the black bags dumped at Pennyburn. DER0115MC059

“My young boy goes out there and plays and he could pick up a needle or trip on the kerb there and land right in the middle of this stuff.”

He added: “The person who has done it seems to have left a lot of evidence, names and addresses, and I would say there will now be further investigation. They should follow up on this now.”

Receipts, some with addresses on them , were among the rubbish found at the scene.

A spokesperson for Derry City Council told the Journal that its officers were aware of the issue at Pennyburn Industrial Estate.

She said: “Arrangements are in place to have the offending items removed. The Council will review the contents of the waste with a view to collating evidence in an effort to identify the person(s) responsible and initiate appropriate enforcement action.”