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Jul 22, 2015 8:26 PM

Hypodermic needles found on Rye beaches


RYE - It's a beautiful afternoon on family-friendly Sawyer Beach. Kids are playing, and adults relax on the sand.

That's what makes it so hard to believe a jogger found a hypodermic needle, likely used for heroin, here Wednesday morning.

According to Police Chief Kevin Walsh, it's the third needle found on a town beach this month.

Walsh is asking for the public's help, telling people to call the police department if they find a needle. And saying to never touch one.

Rye resident Jane Kavanaugh was upset when she heard the news. The life coach was relaxing with a friend in the summer sun.

"The hypodermic needle is alarming for all kinds of reasons," Kavanaugh said. "There are lots of little, tiny, kids who play on this beach, and it's just very disturbing."

Frank Drake, who lives across the street from the beach, said alcohol is always a concern for police, but heroin is a different story.

"The heroin thing, and the needle thing, that's troubling," Drake said.

Walsh is asking people on the beach to watch for suspicious drug-related activity, and to remember that alcohol is problematic.

"You have littering problems. People are disorderly when they get impaired from alcohol, and then they get behind the wheel of a car," Walsh said.

The police chief said it is disappointing his town has to deal with these issues, but is confident Rye can overcome them, if people stand behind the work his force does.

"The only way to resolve this, is to support us," Walsh said.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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