Around 20 used syringes were dumped in a busy alleyway in Daventry posing a serious risk to any person or pet who walked along.
The used needles, along with small pieces of metal foil usually indicative of illegal drug use, were discovered on the footpath between Braunston Road and the bottom of Jubilee Road on Tuesday afternoon.
Gemma Higham, who lives in Jubilee Road, found them. She said: “I was out walking the dog and it was only when he was about to step in them that I noticed them, strewn across the grass and pavement. I called the police, who said it was for Daventry District Council to deal with but they were closed by that time.
“This is the first time I’ve seen syringes in Daventry and I was shocked there was no-one to call out.
“That alley is used by a lot of young children who play around here. There’s a play park just the other end of the footpath and there’s not much traffic on our road so the children just play out and go up the alley.
“While waiting to hear from the police I stood there making sure the children didn’t get too close, and afterwards we told all the neighbours too just to make them aware.
“They could have drugs left in them, blood and diseases, not to mention mud and dirt, and if nothing else they’re sharp. They’d do damage if you fell on them.
“These syringes were clearly dangerous, so I took it upon myself to clear them up.
“Obviously you can’t say they were definitely used for drugs, but it looks like it to me. And with all the snow we’ve had it is hard to say how long they’ve been lying there as well.”