Fears have been raised after a number of syringes were found in a village lane.
The four syringes were found in Green Lane, Great Bowden, which is popular with dog walkers and near to the village’s primary school in Gunnsbrooke Close.
David French, coordinator of the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group, rang the Mail to raise concerns over the finds.
He said a dog walker had contacted him to say she had found two syringes in the lane last Tuesday and when he went to inspect the scene himself he found another one.
A fourth syringe was then found when the Mail’s photographer went to Green Lane.
Mr French said: “It is particularly concerning as I know children play in the area and create dens and things in the bushes, and then you have a lot of dog walkers that go by.
“I have tried to let as many people know as possible so they can stay safe, and also so they can keep an eye out for the people leaving the syringes here. It’s a nice village and we don’t want that sort of thing here.”
Mr French has also contacted the police, who have told the Mail that they will take a “pro-active” approach to tackling the issue.
Insp Phil Durrant, said: “The member of public did the right thing by contacting us to make us aware of the syringes. Drugs misuse is taken extremely seriously in Harborough and we have always been very pro-active in our approach to this issue.
“We will act on any information received and encourage anyone who has any information about drugs misuse in the area to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Stef Edwards, headteacher of Great Bowden Academy primary school, said it has since warned pupils about the dangers of needles during an assembly.
She added: “It’s a lovely lane, where children like to make dens and play hide-and-seek. It’s a shame that people have been using it for not very nice things.”