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'Absolute madness' as used heroin needles found on Belfast street

Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police recover a large number of heroin needles in Pilot Street Belfast on March 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A number of used heroin needles have been discarded on a residential street in Belfast, with one parent describing it as "absolute madness".

The used needles were discovered on Pilot Street in Belfast on Thursday afternoon, after a member of the public reported seeing a carrier bag blow from behind a car, scattering the syringes across the pavement.

Pilot Street is a residential area near the city's harbour and is often frequented by children playing.

One resident at the scene said: "It's absolute madness, that's all you ever see around here now - I can't let my kids out of the garden."

Officers from the Harbour Police attended the scene to remove the discarded needles safely.

Reports of used needles being discarded in public places in Northern Ireland have become more common in recent years, with specialised "sharps bins" being installed in some public parks for syringes to be disposed.

Earlier this month, Northern Ireland's chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride said "consumption rooms", where users can safely inject themselves with illegal drugs, should be considered to tackle the problem.

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