A frightened mum fears drug-takers used her garden to inject themselves after her child found a discarded needle - and thinks more should be done to stamp out the issue.
Carla Taylor, 35, of Frampton Place, Boston, called the council, her housing association and police after her 11-year-old daughter Megan let the dog out and found a used needle in her garden.
However, she was told by environmental health at Boston Borough Council and Boston Mayflower that because the needle was on private property they would be unable to collect it.
She believes someone came into her garden between 7pm and 10pm that night to take drugs while she was in the front room caring for her mum. She found cycle tyre tracks that she believes belong to the drug users.
She thinks she was targetted because she has an enclosed garden and is concerned at the prospect of them coming back.
Miss Taylor says she believes the amount of drug use in the area has risen recently.
She said: “I said to police I would be campaigning to deal with this problem. There are too many young children around and there’s a school across from my house.”
Nearby Carlton Road Academy said no needles had been found on its grounds, but it has had some reports of them outside the school boundaries on the pavement.
Head teacher Helen Joyce said that was ‘rare’ but said all pupils are spoken to by police and the school on the dangers of needles as a precaution.
Lincolnshire Police sent two PCSOs to collect the needle in a sharps box the day after the incident, on June 30.
Mrs Taylor said she was ‘disgusted’ at the initial response and was afraid of touching the needle as it appeared to still contain a substance.
Boston Mayflower said if someone had been available it would have sent them to collect the needle.
They advised anyone who may need to move one to carefully protect their hands, pick it up, place it in a jar and take it to a chemist.
A council spokesman said the authority normally goes out to cases such as this. It said there had been a ‘breakdown in communication’ and that it is taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
They said the council does not have a statutory duty to collect ‘sharps’ from private property, but some staff are trained to deal with them. They advised anyone finding a needle to call them on 01205 311112.