Police making recommendation after children get pricked by dirty needle.
An incident last week that saw two young children aged 4 and 5 prick themselves on a needle in a tree stump appears to have been the last straw for RCMP.
The stump had a hole in it and was sitting in the parking lot of King Arthur’s Court, a housing complex at 564 Fifth St.
Children play in the area and on the day in question the two youngsters stuck their fingers in a hole and were pricked.
“It was a normal needle for injection, there was still blood in it when paramedics checked it over” Michel Paquin, father of one of the children told CHEK News.
The children are fine and fortunately were up to date with their immunizations.
However police say they found several other needles elsewhere on the property when they were investigating the incident.
Over the last 12 months Nanaimo RMCP have been called to King Arthur’s Court numerous times for fights, weapons complaints, drug possession and drug trafficking so the force is now recommending it be designated a nuisance property.
“There’s obviously the needle issue, there’s been a number of complaints that have been coming up, social disorder problems, there RCMP will be getting called there on numerous occasions and in this case it was the RCMP who forwarded the report to us to give to council for their consideration at tonight’s meeting” said Rod Davidson, Acting Manager of ByLaw Regulation and Security for the City of Nanaimo.
If council passes it, it would mean the owners of the property, two White Rock men will be billed for every visit by police, by-law officers even the fire department if they are nuisance-type calls.
King Arthur’s Court has been on the list before but the on-site manager says they will work hard to get off the list again.
“Evictions, there’s 24 hour surveillance now, we have cameras set up. And I have five kids of my own as a single parent and I want it to be safe here for them too” property manager Fred Williams told CHEK News.