A mum has been left “ashamed of her town” after her young daughter stumbled across a bag containing used hypodermic needles as she walked to school.
Kristi Wright, 28, claims she screamed at her daughter Elktra (corr), 7, to drop a bag she picked up after needles started falling out of it.
The horrified mum-of-four informed council employees about the discovery, but the council confirmed a report was never lodged, and was forced to issue an apology.
Kristi, from Northfleet, Kent, said: “I am disgusted, disappointed and ashamed of my town.
“I’m angry at the lack of consideration and common sense.
“No one is taking responsibility or thinking of the children’s safety along that road.
“What if I hadn’t caught her in time?”
Kristi added that she had to tell Elktra, who has three sisters, Willow, four, Elise, eight and Chanise, nine, that needles were for drugs.
She reported the incident to the council on the same day, but claims no action was taken.
After waiting two days for authorities to clean up the needles, Kristi decided that he situation was too hazardous for children playing in the street – and decided to clear them up herself.
She said: “It’s been left to myself to dispose of some of the needles.
“Putting myself at risk because I couldn’t bear to hear someone say about their child picking them up.”
A spokesman for Gravesham Council said their environment and community safety teams had no previous record of needles in the area.
He said: “On investigation it appears that Ms Wright spoke to council contractors who failed to pass on the information.
“Our procedures, and that of our contractors, have been revised as a result and she has received an apology.”