Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Discarded needles and syringes removed up to 50 times a day

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Discarded syringes have been left in play areas and car parks as a BBC investigation found councils were being called 50 times a day to remove them.

Figures obtained by the BBC showed councils handled 18,496 cases in 2017-18, a rise of 7% in two years.

A volunteer pricked by a discarded needle has told how he faces a wait for HIV and hepatitis test results.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was "committed to doing more to reduce drug misuse".