A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon after being pricked by a syringe which had been discarded by a drug user.
The girl, from Barnstaple, was playing with an older boy in Oakleigh Road near the Salvation Army centre at around lunch time when the incident took place.
A police spokesman said the boy found the syringe in a Salvation Army clothing bin and accidentally pricked the girl in the face with it.
Police headed to the scene and PCSO Al Summers took the girl and her father to hospital, where she had a blood test.
“I had a look in the clothing bin and didn’t see any more syringes,” said PCSO Summers.
“We’d appeal to all parents to have a chat with their children about what they should do if they find anything like this and just about general safety.
“Kids are kids and they sometimes they climb on these bins.”
PCSO Summers said anyone who finds a discarded syringe should call Environmental health on 01271 388870.