Junkies find a new home



A TRUCKSTOP near Tumbulgum may be the new haunt for Murwillumbah's drug fiends after syringes and drug paraphernalia were uncovered there on Wednesday.

After 10-year-old Kieran Davis stood on a used syringe in Knox Park Murwillumbah last week, police have stepped up patrols in the park, forcing junkies to find a new place to get their fix.

A workmate of Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce president and lawnmowing contractor, Phil Youngblutt, made the grim discovery while mowing the truckstop's grassed area on Wednesday afternoon.

"I counted 13 bloody syringes in the garden there," Mr Youngblutt said.

When the Daily News visited the truckstop yesterday, syringes were strewn through the bush in full view of passing motorists in both directions. Syringe wrappers were also strewn throughout the truckstop.

Mr Youngblutt said he believes it is the new site for Murwillumbah junkies.

"I'd say after they got stirred at Knox Park, that might have got them out of there so they come up here," he said.

"Lots of tourists pull in here for rests with the family, and if a kid was playing around here they'd almost certainly get stuck with one of them."



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