Peel Regional Police are advising the public what to do if they find needles or other sharp objects in the ground after a nine-year-old boy came in contact with a discarded needle at Sgt. David Yakichuk Park in Mississauga last week.
The boy was taken to hospital as a precaution and police closed off the park while city staff raked and cleared the area. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. No other needles were found, according to police.
Police advise individuals if they see needles or other sharp objects in the ground, they should not try to remove them. Instead, they are encouraged to contact the city’s 311 line.
During the summer months teenagers often can be seen at some neighborhood parks drinking or using drugs. Many parents have in the past reported seeing shards of glass from broken beer bottles in and around play areas in parks. It is always a good idea for parents to walk around these parks and see if there is evidence of dangerous things like syringe needles or glass pieces that could cause injury to children. -CINEWS