Child is tested for HIV after junkie heroin syringe ‘stab’

Councillor Abid Hussain at the children’s play area in Devonshire Park where a nine-year-old girl ‘stabbed’ herself on a heroin addict’s syringe

Councillor Abid Hussain at the children’s play area in Devonshire Park where a nine-year-old girl ‘stabbed’ herself on a heroin addict’s syringe

First published in News

A little Keighley girl is being tested for HIV-AIDs after accidentally stabbing herself on a heroin addict’s discarded syringe as she innocently played hide-and-seek in the town’s Devonshire Park.

The nine-year-old child suddenly screamed in agony as she hid in dense bushes beside the playground, emerging having been jabbed in the arm by a dirty needle – one of many littering the undergrowth.

Her horrified parents rushed her to Airedale Hospital after the nightmare incident on Saturday afternoon.

She was kept in overnight as doctors gave her emergency injections to counteract blood diseases, including Hepatitis B and C. Tests on the syringe showed it had been freshly used and contained traces of heroin.

Now the worried family must endure a three-month wait to discover whether the poor child has been infected with any diseases, including HIV-AIDS.

Anti-crime campaign group Stop The Thieves In Keighley was alerted to the incident.

A spokesman said: “The family were at the playground in the afternoon and the girl was running in and out of shrubs playing hide and seek when there was a terrible shriek.

“A junkie’s needle had gone in her arm. It’s awful – now the parents have to wait and pray she will be all right.

“Devonshire Park has recently become a problem area with drug users cooking up and using in the bushes.

“Our group has taken lots of pictures of the dangerous debris, and I called Bradford Council, which sent out an emergency cleansing team to try clear up the needles.”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed an incident involving a girl being stabbed with a discarded syringe had taken place at Devonshire Park and was being investigated.

And Bradford Council said specialist cleaners had been sent to the park in the Highfield area.

Keighley councillor Abid Hussain slammed the shameful behaviour that led to the little girl’s awful plight.

He said: “This is a terrible thing and I condemn those responsible.

“I am working with Keighley Town Council and all other agencies to create a new Friends of Devonshire Park to try and find a long-term solution to this sort of thing.

“Of course, we try to protect our children, and if we get people working together to protect the park, it will help prevent problems like this.

“The community needs to reclaim such spaces and, hopefully, we may launch a Friends of Devonshire Park within the next two weeks.”

Airedale Hospital Trust, where the girl is being treated, issued guidelines for those injured by discarded syringes.

Meg Crossley, clinical director for acute and emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The best advice for parents of children who suffer any injury from hypodermic needles is to wash the wound and then bring them to A&E.

“It is also useful if they can bring the needle with them safely so we can dispose of it correctly.

“The medical team would then check the child is up-to-date with their tetanus vaccination and consider whether they would need to start immunisation for Hepatitis.”

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9:17am Thu 1 May 14

G_Firth says...

Sorry but does Keighley Central councillor Abid Hussain actually know where Keighley Town Council is as there is no record of him even attending a single council meeting.
There are several solutions to this problem that range from park rangers to fully enclosing the park to only be open at set times of the day.
We could use a system that has proven to be very successful in other countries and instal sharp bins in the well known areas of use.
Its a sad sign of the times we live in that children can't be left to just play without fear of risk to their well being.
My heart goes out to the child and her family and its up to not only KTC but also BMDC that we should be doing everything in our power to make our parks safe for everybody.
I only hope that this incident goes some way to pointing out that drug use not only effects the user but also the innocent people young and old around them.

Cllr George Michael Firth
KTC Fell Lane and Westburn Ward
Keighley Central Candidate
Sorry but does Keighley Central councillor Abid Hussain actually know where Keighley Town Council is as there is no record of him even attending a single council meeting. There are several solutions to this problem that range from park rangers to fully enclosing the park to only be open at set times of the day. We could use a system that has proven to be very successful in other countries and instal sharp bins in the well known areas of use. Its a sad sign of the times we live in that children can't be left to just play without fear of risk to their well being. My heart goes out to the child and her family and its up to not only KTC but also BMDC that we should be doing everything in our power to make our parks safe for everybody. I only hope that this incident goes some way to pointing out that drug use not only effects the user but also the innocent people young and old around them. Cllr George Michael Firth KTC Fell Lane and Westburn Ward Keighley Central Candidate G_Firth
  • Score: 5

9:40am Thu 1 May 14

MarkPullen says...

G_Firth wrote:
Sorry but does Keighley Central councillor Abid Hussain actually know where Keighley Town Council is as there is no record of him even attending a single council meeting.
There are several solutions to this problem that range from park rangers to fully enclosing the park to only be open at set times of the day.
We could use a system that has proven to be very successful in other countries and instal sharp bins in the well known areas of use.
Its a sad sign of the times we live in that children can't be left to just play without fear of risk to their well being.
My heart goes out to the child and her family and its up to not only KTC but also BMDC that we should be doing everything in our power to make our parks safe for everybody.
I only hope that this incident goes some way to pointing out that drug use not only effects the user but also the innocent people young and old around them.

Cllr George Michael Firth
KTC Fell Lane and Westburn Ward
Keighley Central Candidate
Which of your suggestions are you pursuing within KTC?
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Sorry but does Keighley Central councillor Abid Hussain actually know where Keighley Town Council is as there is no record of him even attending a single council meeting. There are several solutions to this problem that range from park rangers to fully enclosing the park to only be open at set times of the day. We could use a system that has proven to be very successful in other countries and instal sharp bins in the well known areas of use. Its a sad sign of the times we live in that children can't be left to just play without fear of risk to their well being. My heart goes out to the child and her family and its up to not only KTC but also BMDC that we should be doing everything in our power to make our parks safe for everybody. I only hope that this incident goes some way to pointing out that drug use not only effects the user but also the innocent people young and old around them. Cllr George Michael Firth KTC Fell Lane and Westburn Ward Keighley Central Candidate[/p][/quote]Which of your suggestions are you pursuing within KTC? MarkPullen
  • Score: -2

1:24pm Thu 1 May 14

amanda1666 says...

I think dog dirt in the parks is more of a health hazzard than a needle. Dog dirt harbours parasites that can kill in less time than HIV or any of the Heps!! Again it is yet another of societies problems. I do agree that a clean needle bank/exchange etc and sharps bins etc., should be readily available. I am sure there is a needle exchange on Temple Row run by the Project 6 group. So it is untidy junkies.

I do think that Bradford Council needs to employ dog pooh pickers or actually fine maximum irresponsible owners.

As for the junkies' needles they should be monitored daily and if you know there is a history of disgarded needles in a public place then notify the public. If they knew that people were fixing in the bushes then as a duty of care, public should be notified and then maybe this would not have happened. It is a health hazzard.

WARNING: CONTAMINATED NEEDLES IN BUSHES BEWARE!!!

Hopefully the little girl is not infected. If it is common knowledge about these bushes then really who is at fault??

Anyway i am voting UKIP
I think dog dirt in the parks is more of a health hazzard than a needle. Dog dirt harbours parasites that can kill in less time than HIV or any of the Heps!! Again it is yet another of societies problems. I do agree that a clean needle bank/exchange etc and sharps bins etc., should be readily available. I am sure there is a needle exchange on Temple Row run by the Project 6 group. So it is untidy junkies. I do think that Bradford Council needs to employ dog pooh pickers or actually fine maximum irresponsible owners. As for the junkies' needles they should be monitored daily and if you know there is a history of disgarded needles in a public place then notify the public. If they knew that people were fixing in the bushes then as a duty of care, public should be notified and then maybe this would not have happened. It is a health hazzard. WARNING: CONTAMINATED NEEDLES IN BUSHES BEWARE!!! Hopefully the little girl is not infected. If it is common knowledge about these bushes then really who is at fault?? Anyway i am voting UKIP amanda1666
  • Score: -4

5:52pm Thu 1 May 14

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

Amanda 1666 what are your comments re voting UKIP to do with this ? you may just as well say you are having fish and chips for supper .
Amanda 1666 what are your comments re voting UKIP to do with this ? you may just as well say you are having fish and chips for supper . Ian-Holt Roberts
  • Score: 4

6:08pm Thu 1 May 14

steve10 says...

Put a bad batch on the streets that should sort some of the problems !!

The people that do this are weak and have no respect for anyone or anything why should you put sharps bin in public places, All that is saying is please come in and shoot up do just what you like where you like

Sorry to be so harsh but if you are a junkie then shoot up at home and NOT in Kiddies play grounds.

Yes dog mess is a problem but I don't think it can be put in the same context as a child been stabbed with a DIRTY CONTAMINATED NEEDLE.

I use the word Contaminated as it had traces of Heroin and had been recently used My thought go out to the parents and the child and I hope all works out Ok they reacted swiftly and AGH have done all they can to prevent any long term affects.
Put a bad batch on the streets that should sort some of the problems !! The people that do this are weak and have no respect for anyone or anything why should you put sharps bin in public places, All that is saying is please come in and shoot up do just what you like where you like Sorry to be so harsh but if you are a junkie then shoot up at home and NOT in Kiddies play grounds. Yes dog mess is a problem but I don't think it can be put in the same context as a child been stabbed with a DIRTY CONTAMINATED NEEDLE. I use the word Contaminated as it had traces of Heroin and had been recently used My thought go out to the parents and the child and I hope all works out Ok they reacted swiftly and AGH have done all they can to prevent any long term affects. steve10
  • Score: 3

9:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Little Green Man says...

All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean.

Just my opinion :)
All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean. Just my opinion :) Little Green Man
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Thu 1 May 14

Little Green Man says...

Welcome back Ian :)
Welcome back Ian :) Little Green Man
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Thu 1 May 14

MarkPullen says...

Little Green Man wrote:
All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean.

Just my opinion :)
I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports!
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean. Just my opinion :)[/p][/quote]I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports! MarkPullen
  • Score: -2

9:56pm Thu 1 May 14

Little Green Man says...

MarkPullen wrote:
Little Green Man wrote:
All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean.

Just my opinion :)
I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports!
Hence solitary...
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean. Just my opinion :)[/p][/quote]I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports![/p][/quote]Hence solitary... Little Green Man
  • Score: 1

10:00pm Thu 1 May 14

MarkPullen says...

Little Green Man wrote:
MarkPullen wrote:
Little Green Man wrote:
All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean.

Just my opinion :)
I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports!
Hence solitary...
Missed that bit - apologies.
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: All junkies are weak, pathetic losers and that includes the delusional wasters who think cannabis is safe. Simple solution lock up anyone caught on drugs until they are clean, no question, no three strikes, no community service - straight to jail, solitary, until they are clean. Just my opinion :)[/p][/quote]I think a jail term would only provide them with easier access to drugs judging by the media reports![/p][/quote]Hence solitary...[/p][/quote]Missed that bit - apologies. MarkPullen
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Thu 1 May 14

Little Green Man says...

No apologies needed MP, folk who can be civil don't need to apologise :)
No apologies needed MP, folk who can be civil don't need to apologise :) Little Green Man
  • Score: 1

11:36am Fri 2 May 14

Mixter says...

Heres a radical suggestion - Park Keepers! On parks - with railings, and locked gates at night.
And if i had my way, they'd have a shotgun for the dogs that $hit all over.
Heres a radical suggestion - Park Keepers! On parks - with railings, and locked gates at night. And if i had my way, they'd have a shotgun for the dogs that $hit all over. Mixter
  • Score: 3

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