Scare as three-year-old picks up syringe on bus

Aisling Wallace and Lilly were on a number 16 bus. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Aisling Wallace and Lilly were on a number 16 bus. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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A MUM was left horrified after her three-year-old daughter picked up a syringe loaded with drugs as they travelled through the Capital on a bus.

Aisling Wallace, 19, was travelling from Holy Corner, in Merchiston, to her mum’s house in Oxgangs on a Lothian Buses number 16 when little Lilly found the needle.

Ms Wallace, from Moredun, moved quickly to snatch it away after Lilly announced “look, mum” and waved the syringe around.

She said drugs were leaking out, but luckily the girl only touched the plastic casing.

Ms Wallace said: “I’m not a drug user – but there were definitely drugs in it.

“I’m proper shocked and mortified – Lilly got a fright as well because I was going off my head and she thought she was in trouble. Luckily, she had the plastic bit in her hand, so I took it off her and told her to stay where she was.

“I handed it into the bus driver, but he did not really say anything – he just took it off me.”

The needle, found as they returned from a dance class at around 11am last Tuesday morning, was handed in to the driver before Lilly’s gran contacted Lothian Buses when they arrived at her house.

The travel firm said it was now investigating the incident and urged passengers to always inform the driver of any suspicious finds.

Earlier this year, the Evening News told how the parents of a six-year-old boy faced an agonising six-month wait to find out if their child has hepatitus after one of his friends threw a syringe at him while the pair were playing in a car park near Edinburgh College of Art.

Conservative councillor for the Southside/Newington ward, Cameron Rose, believes the dangers surrounding drug misuse in the Capital still pose “a big problem” for the public.

“It’s just a coincidence of the appalling effects of drug mis use,” he said.

“It’s not unusual and drug misuse and the knock-on dangers and consequences still remain a big problem – especially for unsuspecting children.”

City Centre Conservative councillor, Joanna Mowat, said the drug users were the ones who should be held to 
account.

She said: “You put processes in place to make it as safe as possible without impacting on the service, but the people who should be condemned are the people who are dropping syringes on buses – it is ludicrously irresponsible.”

A spokesperson for Lothian Buses said: “We understand this is very upsetting for the mother and child involved and are looking into the matter.

“We would always urge passengers to report anything suspicious to the driver.”

katie.richardson@edinburghnews.com