A MAN has spoken of his shock at finding a used syringe containing drugs on his doorstep and his disgust at how long it took for the council and police to act.
Adam Darby, from Gosport Road, Fareham, rang the police early on Sunday morning when his partner discovered the needle when she went outside to hang out washing.
She did not touch the syringe, which still contained a brown substance and had clearly been used, so Mr Darby immediately phoned the non-emergency police helpline 101.
Mr Darby, 29, said: ‘My partner had gone out there in bare feet and she could have stepped on it and who knows what would have happened?’
‘I phoned the police at 9am. They said someone from Environmental Health would be out by 4pm. Nobody came so I went back to the police, who handed me back to the council.’
By Monday morning, Mr Darby, a warehouse operative, was so exasperated with the situation, he picked up the syringe himself and took it to the police station in Fareham.
When he arrived at the police station, police officers told him he needed to take the syringe to Fareham council.
Mr Darby said: ‘I can’t believe they handed back to someone a syringe full of class A drugs.
‘I was shocked.’
A police spokesman said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that a man contacted the Force Enquiry Centre on Sunday, January 26 to report he had found a syringe outside his back door that contained a liquid.
‘We told the caller we would arrange for the syringe to be picked up. This is carried out by Fareham Borough Council and they were contacted by us to do this. He was also advised not to touch it.’
Police also said they advised Mr Darby to put it in a sharps box, which he refused to do.
Mr Darby said: ‘It is the council and the police at fault. The police should never in a million years have handed that needle back to me.’
A spokesman from Fareham council said: ‘We made a mistake and should have collected the syringe from Mr Darby’s address.
‘We are now reviewing our procedures to make sure that we can deal with similar incidents quickly in future.’