A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy was pricked with a discarded needle as he played with friends in a park.
Little Lloyd Baines was by bushes on Riverside Park in Garden City when the needle pierced his leg, drawing blood.
His horrified grandmother, Wendy Wainwright, 49, said: 'I am not sure if there was a needle in the bush or on the floor but it stuck in his right leg and it came out again.
'Another boy fetched Lloyd over and said it was stuck in his leg.'
Lloyd, a pupil at Sealand Primary School, was taken to the countess of Chester Hospital where he was given a blood test and a Hepatitis B injection.
'He has got to have another one in four weeks then another blood test and another booster in 12 months' time,' she said.
Wendy, who lives with Lloyd on nearby West Green, Sealand Manor, said the experience was 'horrifying'.
'The doctors said there was only a small chance he could catch anything. But you don't know who has used that needle and your child could get something off it,' she said.
She is now urging other parents and guardians to warn their children about discarded needles and to fetch an adult if they find one.
Riverside Park and Stoneleigh Close Tenants and Residents' Association said they know of three or four incidents where needles have been found.
Secretary Ella Ellis said: 'One lady got up one morning and found them in her front garden.
'And we've found them in the car parking area of Riverside Park. It does concern us.'
The residents' association has distributed leaflets to homes in the area informing them of the incident and offering advice.
They have also planned a safety talk today followed by a litter-pick of the estate from 4.45pm, with sharp bins and protective equipment provided.
PC Richie Evans, community beat manager for the Sealand Manor Estate, said: 'There are needle exchanges in Deeside. Users need to be responsible.
'If they are going to do what they do, they should take precautions so people like this child don't hurt themselves.'
To report discarded needles call 01352 703350 or out of hours 01352 762898.