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Victoria Police issued a warning Saturday afternoon after several used, uncapped hypodermic needles were found in Beacon Hill Park.

In a release, VicPD says that one of the needles was reportedly placed on the ground with intent to cause injury.

At approximately 11 a.m. this morning VicPD were called to Beacon Hill Park after City staff located around 40 used needles improperly disposed of in a garbage can.

The garbage can was located close to a public washroom, near the corner of Dallas Road and Cook Street.

According to VicPD, about 20 of these needles were uncapped.

An additional used, uncapped needle was found on the ground near the washrooms. The person who reported the incident to police believed that the needle was placed on the ground maliciously, as the plunger was withdrawn and buried in the dirt.

The needle was disposed of properly by the time officers arrived.

Additionally, in the same afternoon, seven uncapped needles were found scattered on the grounds of St. Ann’s Academy.

VicPD are reminding the public to practice the safe disposal of hypodermic needles. All needles should be disposed of in an appropriate sharps container.

If a discarded needle is located in a public space, contact the City of Victoria Public Works at 250-361-0400.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked you to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously,  call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.