Family find syringes in clothes from sale

Samantha Nock, pictured with a selection of bloody syringes, found inside an auction lot.
Samantha Nock, pictured with a selection of bloody syringes, found inside an auction lot.

A RUGBY mum and dad who bought a box of second-hand clothes were shocked to discover two used syringes in the bundle.

James and Samantha Nock bought the bundle at an auction in Lutterworth.

Mr Nock, 31, of Bilton Road, said he attends the auctions often to buy items which he then cleans or repairs before selling them at car boot sales.

He said: “I had bought the box of clothes on July 26 and they were just being stored in my lounge.

“When I went to sort through them this week I was shocked to find the syringes.

“One was in the pocket of one of the jackets and another was just in the bundle. They had blood inside them.”

Mr Nock’s wife Samantha, 23, said what was even more worrying for the couple was that their two-year-old daughter Lili could have found the syringes.

Mrs Nock said: “Sometimes she comes into the room and plays while we’re sorting through what we’ve bought.

“She could have found them at any time.”

The weekly auctions are run by a company called EWC, which manages Leicestershire’s waste sites on behalf of the county council and aims to find new owners for items which would normally be sent to landfill.

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: “We’re sorry to hear of the customer’s experience.

“We work closely with EWC and systems are in place to ensure that items sold at auction are checked.

“In this instance, we’re satisfied that checks did take place but EWC are carrying out a full investigation and will address any issues raised.”