May 14, 2015 11:30 PM
MANCHESTER - As a result of our exclusive investigation on Thursday, Manchester leaders responded and alerted health officials and police to the problem and now they’re taking swift action.
“Scary,” said Chantel Gurley, a Manchester mom. “It's like a horror, a horror story.”
Gurley sat at the ball field at Manchester Central as NH1 exposed the problems where Little Leaguers play, the problems of dirty drug needles.
“Just imagine a child stepping on that,” said Gurley.
Imagination turned into reality when Manchester leaders watched our stories on the problem.
One coach called Alderman Bill Barry who spoke with us by phone.
Barry told us that coach finding used needles on the field at Manchester West and similar problems at Central.
When we asked if anyone had any idea about this, Barry summed it up by saying, “No.”
Barry said police told him that it's an ongoing problem throughout the city.
We asked Barry if they’re picking needles up daily, and he answered with an emphatic, “Yes.”
Gurley agreed saying, “I walk around Manchester, and I see them everywhere.”
So Barry decided to alert the Manchester Health Department and asked for stepped up police patrols where kids play.
All, he said, to ensure kids can play ball and not worry about needles during the game.
“The last thing you want to do is have one of these children getting hurt picking up something because of someone's foolishness,” he said.
“It's only going to get worse until people take accountability,” Gurley said.
Barry wants the health department to send letters to the Little League programs so if the coaches find these needles, he said, they can dispose of them properly.
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