A grandfather is calling for security fencing to be installed around a field used by a junior football team that has been littered with broken glass, cans and needles.

Keith Bate, whose grandson Callum, nine, plays football on the pitch in Newport at weekends, is concerned that players could be injured if they stumble on the waste and rubbish.

Mr Bate, 72, told the South Wales Argus he and other parents are forced to go litter-picking on the pitch before the weekend games.

People are gathering at the field on Friday and Saturday nights, he said.

"We find these big blue bottles with lighter fuel in them that people are sniffing and we have found three used needles, which the park ranger picked up," Mr Bate told the newspaper.

He feels the only way to resolve the problem is to install metal railings around the perimeter of the field.

"They should stop them going into the park," he was reported as saying. "I would like it all fenced so they can lock the gates at night."

Recently, a junior football club installed metal barriers in order to stop dog walkers letting their animals foul on some of its playing pitches.

Sheffield-based Tickhill Juniors FC has had problems at its pitches for some time, according to the Star.

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