Part of a Kilmarnock park was shut down yesterday after used needles were found in a fairy village.

A section of the Howard Park was cordoned off by kind volunteers after they made the shock discovery last night.

Parents, carers and dog walkers have now been warned to be vigilant if using the park.

This morning, East Ayrshire Council workers removed a cache of dirty needles from the scene that's popular with young children.

The fairy garden was set up and is looked after by Community Open Gardens Shortlees (COGS), who also take care of the nearby cholera grave.

Maggie Potter from the group warned: "It was brought to our attention today [Tuesday] that there might be used syringes in amongst the faerie village next to the cholera grave in Howard Park.

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"We have found them and cordoned off the area which is right at the back in among the shrubs and have notified EAC Environmental Services. They are very busy so we hope to hear from them tomorrow regarding decontamination of the area.

"We ask in the meantime to please stay clear of the cordoned area and to be vigilante in the faerie village in case there are any more we might have missed. Do not touch any needles or syringes.

"Massive thank you to the dog walker who brought it to our attention and a special thanks to the lovely staff at Tesco Kilmarnock customer services for donating the tape to cordon the area.

"We are working closely with the council to safeguard the area from repeats of this in future. We will update once the area has been cleared."

And today, Maggie confirmed that needles were found at the park.

She added: "EAC were in the park this morning first thing and removed some needles. COGS volunteers have checked the whole area very carefully with strong magnet and the area is now clear.

"COGS are in the park volunteering every Friday afternoon and this week we will be pruning the shrubs to open the area out more. Anyone wishing to help should pop along at 1pm."

Speaking to Ayrshire Live, Maggie said: "The Community Open Gardens Shortlees who look after the cholera grave and faerie garden and will be there Friday to prune the shrubs to make hiding in them more difficult to safeguard the kids, looking for volunteers to help.

"And also we do work closely with addictions and mental health services so can offer support or sign post to other services if anyone affected by addictions needs it."

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