Mum, 21, finds dirty needles and heroin spoons as she takes child to nursery

Young mum Jane Kamelski has told of her horror at finding dirty needles as she took her toddler to nursery. The 21-year-old was disgusted to spot the syringes, burnt spoons and pill packets as she passed the old Cheshire Cheese pub, in High Street, Tunstall, with her two-year-old daughter. And she fears it is only a matter of time before a child inadvertently picks one up.

Jane has spoken out as concerns have been raised over rising anti-social behaviour in the town. She said: “It’s a main route to school and nursery near the old pub that’s been turned into flats where I found the needles. But there’s even more needles on the other route I can take around the corner.

There’s even like burnt spoons for heroin there too. “There’s drug houses all over Tunstall. Charities sort them out for people to get better but they end up relapsing and then they’ve got their mates knocking on and they’re all doing drugs together in there.

“I’ve got a two-year-old girl and lots of other people near me have children, it’s a family area.

Needles found by the old Cheshire Cheese pub in Tunstall on a popular school route

“A lot of the users are hanging around in Tunstall town centre in the day near the clock but at night they come up near us. “There’s one geezer near me and they’re always knocking on and shouting his name, asking him to let them in and asking where such and such is. He’s started letting them in round the back now, I think so he doesn’t get caught.

“But I haven’t been having proper sleep. I wake up looking like I’ve been dragged backwards through bushes and hit by a seven-tonne truck.” Jane believes the situation has deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic.

She added: “At the beginning of lockdown it wasn’t too bad but it’s just gotten worse. With things closing, like pubs, they’ve got nothing to do. They’ve got nowhere to go.

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“I think there should be a soup kitchen or pop-up shop or somewhere in the town for them to get help.

“If you’re going to do drugs, at least dispose of your stuff where it’s not going to get picked up by kids. It pees me off so much seeing it. “It’s a kid’s area where you’ve got kids walking to school.

“If they were off drugs they wouldn’t want their kids picking up needles, even if it wasn’t a drug needle and it was a diabetic needle or something, it’s still contamination. “I don’t want my kids, or anyone else’s, picking up needles.”

Mum, 21, finds dirty needles and heroin spoons as she takes child to nurseryLovely Tunstall.

Recently Staffordshire Police held an online question and answer session to address the rising rates of crime in the town. We asked readers questions to the force and this what they said:

Q: How many officers are available to police Tunstall at any one time? A: Two Sergeants have geographical responsibility for Tunstall with 3 PCs and 3 PCSOs being dedicated to the area. These are split over 3 shifts to give maximum coverage.

Q: Is a spike in monkey dust use to blame for a rise in crime in Tunstall? Is there a spike in monkey dust use in the city generally?

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A: There are a variety of reasons for the recent increase in ASB in the Tunstall area. We are currently working with partners to address these issues and reassure the community.

In addition, officers are working across the city to tackle the reasons for ASB and crime. Whilst the use of illegal drugs contributes to both it is certainly not the sole contributing factor. As previously stated we are using a partnership problem solving approach to address ASB and crime in local neighbourhoods.

Q: Can we have recent crime stats for Tunstall and including what types of crime please?

A: www.police.uk is a great tool to view crime / trends / statistics for your area, simply enter your postcode.

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