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Girl, 3, bloody and hurt after glass left near park

OUCH! Hannah Raines was covered in cuts after stepping on glass from broken beer bottles in the Nelson Reserve playground yesterday.
OUCH! Hannah Raines was covered in cuts after stepping on glass from broken beer bottles in the Nelson Reserve playground yesterday. Renee Albrecht

A TRIP to the park on a bright spring morning turned to one of blood and tears for little Hannah Raines yesterday.

The three-year-old innocently pulled her shoes off before running a short distance from the playground equipment into a patch of broken beer bottles.

"Her feet were covered in shards of glass," her mother Stevie Raines said of her daughter, who was screaming and had blood all up her legs.

"I'd never seen so much blood," Mrs Raines said.

The mother of four took the girl straight to the hospital, where the emergency staff seemed concerned about the loss of blood, Mrs Raines said.

But luckily the girl avoided surgery, which was first suggested to the worried mother.

After 20 minutes and the help of Peppa Pig on the iPad, the tiny pieces of glass were all removed.

Now Hannah only has a band-aid to show for her morning's adventure.

While relieved, Mrs Raines expressed her anger on Facebook, calling those that left behind the rubbish "disgusting scum".

She also believes Gympie parks need to be checked more often, suggesting the council should monitor the public spaces each morning before school, adding that lots of parents take their young children there after dropping their older children at school.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran said Gympie Regional Council prides itself on keeping the region's parks in very good order, with council currently doing a sweep of the region's parks every two days.

When the council heard of the incident this morning, cleaners were sent to rid the park of the glass immediately.

"It really comes back to people using the park," he said.

"Realistically from time to time the morons will conduct themselves in a manner that affects good community members."

Fortunately this is an isolated incident and hopefully it remains a one-off, he said.

He said the council would be requesting police to conduct more patrols of the area to curb the kind of late night behaviour that is not wanted in the community.

Gympie Times

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