Bloom volunteer's hypodermic horror
A VOLUNTEER working to replant tubs in Portishead ended up in hospital after being stabbed by a hypodermic syringe. The woman, who is a member of Portishead in Bloom, was clearing one of the three planters outside Waitrose when she was pricked by a discar
A VOLUNTEER working to replant tubs in Portishead ended up in hospital after being stabbed by a hypodermic syringe.The woman, who is a member of Portishead in Bloom, was clearing one of the three planters outside Waitrose when she was pricked by a discarded syringe.She was wearing gloves at the time of the incident but the needle went through them and into her hand. She was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.Shocked Portishead in Bloom chairman Gordon Randall said: "This is the first time an incident like this has happened."We often find broken glasses and bottles amongst the flowers in the tubs so are always careful when clearing and planting, but this is a new hazard."These stupid people who throw away their needles make me so cross. I suppose they are so out of their minds that they just can't think of other people."It is worrying that this is becoming part of life and society now and we have reported the matter to police."Mr Randall said he hoped the incident would not hinder future recruitment of volunteers to Portishead in Bloom.He added: "We need the continued support of people to ensure the group's success and continuation in the town."It is understood the needle had been in the planter for some time and it is hoped this will limit the likelihood of any diseases being transferred from it.Local police said they were aware of the incident and urged anyone with information about drug use in the town to contact them.Portishead Police Sergeant Terry Scoble said: "It is an extremely rare occurrence for intravenous drug users to irresponsibly deposit their needles in public places."We would urge people, if they come across a needle, to contact the police and the council immediately.