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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Postmen stabbed by dumped syringes
Hypodermic needle
Glass and needles have been found in post boxes
Postmen are being tested for HIV and hepatitis after hypodermic needles were found dumped in post boxes.

At least four drivers in Nottingham have been pricked by used syringes while collecting letters in the past 12 months.

Consignia confirmed advice has been issued to staff in the city and warning signs have been placed inside affected boxes.

Boxes are frequently used as rubbish bins and glass, excrement and general litter have been found inside them.


All staff are warned and aware that this goes on and can be unpleasant

Richard Hall

Richard Hall, a spokesman for Consignia, said: "At least four delivery drivers have had their skin broken by hypodermic syringes.

"They have had to go through the ordeal of testing for HIV and hepatitis, which can take up to six months.

"Needles have been found across the Nottingham area and notices have been placed in those boxes.

"The locations are also marked on the route cards used by postmen.

"They are used as rubbish bins and we have discovered glass, excrement, food and wrappers," said Mr Hall.

"All staff are warned and aware that this goes on and can be unpleasant."


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