A dad has been left “furious” after dozens of used syringes were dumped in his garden leaving his daughter unable to play outside.
Jamie Findlay is concerned about the safety of his children after spotting the pile of abandoned hypodermic needles in his back garden.
The 30-year-old has said that none of the youngsters, who are aged 11, 10 and six, are allowed outside of their home in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, any longer.
He is urging the local authority to step in and find him a new house so he can leave behind the home he has lived in for the last decade.
The dad-of-three said the entire incident is something that “no father should have to deal with” and that his loved one’s safety was his main priority.
He said: “My partner looked out the kitchen window and she made me aware of it and we phoned the police.
“My daughter was here and she had seen it all lying out in the garden as well. I tried to keep her away from the window so she couldn’t see what it was.
“I can’t let the kids out to play in case there is anything lying about. I am furious with the council because I want out of here.
“I have been brought up in this area and this is the worst I have ever seen it.
“This is out of order and a risk to my daughter’s safety and also my partner’s two children, who also have to deal with the same at my property.
“I have to put my family through this as well which makes me furious as no father should have to deal with it.
“The council and the police are fully aware of the situation with the needles.
“My family’s health and safety come first and should be made a priority now.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that the council arrange for the removal and safe removal of abandoned syringes.
She said: “It is usually the council who arrange for the removal and safe disposal of discarded syringes and other drug-related items.”
A police spokeswoman added: “Police did attend and there were some items that were deemed unsafe and they were removed. The council attended later and carried out a full clean up.”
Rob Simpson, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of housing, said: “We can confirm we have received the letter and are discussing the concerns directly with the tenant.
“As a result, we have lodged a report with Police Scotland and will be taking a partnership approach to the issues that have been raised.”