More than 2,000 needles have been confiscated those in Scottish courts in the last five years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Courier report: 

Drug addicts are attempting to smuggle needles into Scotland’s courts every day — with Dundee at the top of the list. 

More than 2,000 needles have been confiscated in court buildings across the country, but a Courier freedom of information request has revealed that, despite this, not a single user has been found injecting, snorting or consuming drugs in Scottish courts in the last five years.

The figures show 367 needles were taken from addicts at Dundee Sheriff Court between 2009 and 2011 — 21 more than the combined 346 at Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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