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Apr 5, 2016 3:07 PM

Manchester residents concerned about finding needles, condoms near park and playing fields

MANCHESTER — A city alderman and state representative who lives near popular playing fields off Robinson Street is concerned after his neighbors reported finding used needles and condoms in the park.

Christopher Herbert said his neighbors have seen cars parked where the road ends and found evidence of drug use the next day.

"Kids will pick it up, dogs, people walk their dogs down there," Herbert told FOX25. "[One resident] found the heroin needles and condoms."

Herbert reported the issues to police, and officers said they are increasing patrols in the area.

Public Health Director Tim Soucy told FOX25 that he is also working with Little League and soccer coaches on how they can protect their players.

"Before kids get on the fields, unfortunately they really need to walk the fields and do a quick scan for needles and syringes," Soucy said. "We are certainly concerned… that a child is going to get stuck."

Herbert said he may also talk to state transportation officials about creating some sort of barrier on the state-owned portion of Robinson Street that could bar people from parking there.

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