Appeal after seven-year-old injured by discarded syringe in playpark

The girl was in the play area in East Ayrshire when she came into contact with an uncapped needle.

East Ayrshire police in appeal after seven-year-old injured by discarded needle in Bellsbank playpark iStock

Police are appealing for information after a child was injured by a discarded needle in a playpark in East Ayrshire.

A seven-year-old girl was playing at the park off Corserine Terrace in Bellsbank around 7pm on Tuesday.

She came into contact with an uncapped needle discarded in the grass and was taken to University Hospital Ayr for treatment before being discharged.

Police Scotland said that East Ayrshire Council had been contacted and the park had been thoroughly checked and cleaned to avoid any similar incidents in the future.

Chief inspector Nathan Calderwood said: “Leaving a used needle in a playpark like this is an incredibly reckless and irresponsible act and enquiries into the incident are now ongoing.

“My officers will be present within the community to provide reassurance and I would ask that you speak with them regarding any concerns you have.

“East Ayrshire Council has been contacted and the playpark has been thoroughly checked and cleaned.

“I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to police by calling 101, quoting incident 2998 of June 14 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”