AMESBURY INCIDENT: Parents urged to make sure children heed advice

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Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:53am 20th July 2018.

With schools about to break up for the summer parents are being asked to remind their children to leave discarded objects alone.

The Chief Medical Officer at Public Health England said last week that anyone coming across any discarded objects should leave them alone.

Now PHE staff are repeating that message and urging parents to talk to their children ahead of the upcoming summer holidays about the advice.

Mike Wade is Deputy Director for Health Protection at PHE South West:

"While the risk to the general public remains low it is also worth repeating our advice that at this time you should not pick up any items you may find while out and about. In particular you should not touch containers, syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects, made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass."

Tracy Daszkiewicz, Wiltshire Council's Director of Public Health, said:

"Please do take the time to tell your children that the best thing they can do at this time is, if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up."

For more information see www.gov.uk/phe or call the Wiltshire Police helpline on Freephone 0800 092 0410 or 0207 158 0124.

WHERE TO GET MORE ADVICE: 

A series of events are being held around South Wiltshire for us to get a chance to speak with Public Health England about any concerns we might have.

Here's where they're taking place:

  • Friday July 20th, 5.00 - 7.00pm - Harnham Cricket Ground
  • Saturday July 21st, 10.00am - 12.00pm - Salisbury Charter Market, Guildhall Square
  • Sunday July 22nd, 12.00 - 2,.00pm - Salisbury Street, Amesbury
  • Tuesday July 24th, 10.00am - 12.00pm, Salisbury Charter Market, Guildhall Square
  • Tuesday July 24th, 6.30 - 8.00pm, City Hall Salisbury
  • Wednesday July 25th, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Stonehenge School, Amesbury
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