A MOTHERWELL community stood united last week after three innocent toddlers were punctured with used needles while playing in their own backyard.
Tots Bradley Rowlands (4), Adele Davidson (4) and Kyle Cushley (3) discovered a bag filled with used needles and blood-stained swabs around 4pm last Tuesday while playing in a garden at the back of their homes in Dalriada Crescent, Forgewood.
The youngsters were all punctured with the needles and were rushed to Wishaw General for treatment.
Now their parents have a painstaking wait of up to six months to find out the long-term effect the incident could have on the children.
Shocked mum Nicola Leggat, who lives on the estate with partner Robert Rowlands, said son Bradley was injured while playing with his friends.
She said: “I felt sick after it happened. I am terrified at what this could mean.
“I have got to wait up to six months to find out if he has contracted Hepatitis C and he is only four-years-old.
“Bradley has always played in the back with his friends, and the kids have even run around with their shoes and socks off when it has been warm - that will not happen now.”
For full story, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, June 9.