Needles dumped at Carrick roadside

Needles dumped at Prospect Road and (right) used paraphernalia found in a seprate incident a few weeks ago (photos John Stewart)
Needles dumped at Prospect Road and (right) used paraphernalia found in a seprate incident a few weeks ago (photos John Stewart)

An East Antrim MLA has condemned the ‘reckless’ dumping of hypodermic needles next to a roadside in Carrickfergus.

Ulster Unionist representative John Stewart was alerted to the discovery at Prospect Road by a resident early this morning.

It is the second time in a month that such items have been “shamelessly abandoned” on the busy route, Mr Stewart said.

In the previous incident, the needles were removed from their packaging and appeared to have been used.

Some 25 items of drug-taking paraphernalia were found this morning underneath the Prospect Road sign at the intersection with Middle Road.

“In the interests of public safety a colleague and I collected the materials and have reported them to the PSNI to be disposed of safely,” Mr Stewart added.

“It is totally disgusting and disgraceful that this sort of activity in going on here. To those responsible for it, stop!

“It is reckless and totally unacceptable. Think about what you are doing and how dangerous this could be to children and others walking in this area.”