A playground director is scared to report drug users, in fear of a revenge attack when he leaves work at night.
St Paul’s Adventure Playground is littered with drug paraphernalia including empty ‘baggies’, dirty needles and empty syringe packaging.
Reverend Liz Perry has also raised concerns over drug dealing and clinical waste found on the steps of St. Agnes Church, next door to the Adventure Playground.
She said: ‘Children are seeing this happen and it’s a big safeguarding issue.’
Guy Dobson, Director of Art Play Environment who manage St. Paul’s Adventure Playground, conducts a daily ‘site sweep’ every morning and he often finds discarded needles where children play.
He said: “There is an issue with addiction in this area, between the playground and the church there’s a hot spot where people jack up and that’s where we find the needles, they come through the fence.”
Dobson says that he feels unsafe and vulnerable because he is very vocal about reporting drug use happening the park.
He said: “When I leave work late at night, I don’t know if someone is going to come and target me because I’ve been reporting their activity.”
Reverend Liz Perry, Priest of St. Agnes Church, has also raised concerns over clinical waste being left outside the church. Every morning she clears the debris from the church steps before services can begin.
She said: “On Wednesday, I came in to get ready for a funeral and there was an open box full of used needles which I had to clear before the family arrived. It’s counted as our land so I have to go out with a shovel every morning, and I’m not too precious but clearing up clinical waste everyday isn’t okay.”
Reverend Liz says that she understands the predicament of those using drugs in the alley by the church, and she wants to find a way to help them.
“Our hope is being squashed by the daily grind and we need to stop reacting and start preventing. We want to be a part of the solution.”
Bristol City Council declined to comment.