A number of mums in Leigh-On-Sea have contacted Southend News Network to complain as council bosses have refused to remove highly poisonous weeds that are growing in Leigh Road.
According to the emails that we have seen, the cluster of the toxic plant Blobbius Diqweed has been reported to Southend Council on a staggering THIRTEEN OCCASIONS, with no action being taken.
Jemima Smedge called our Newsdesk after her three-year-old daughter Fallopia was taken to Southend Hospital with severe burns after coming into contact with the sometimes lethal plant.
She said: ‘She ran into the area last week, and she came out thirty seconds later saying that she felt all itchy.’
‘I took her home and smothered her in calamine lotion, but that reacted in a very bad way and her skin went a strong pink colour with large yellow spots all over her body.’
‘I knew that she was having some kind of reaction at this point as her speech became garbled – she just kept saying the same nonsensical word over and over again.’
Southend Council have confirmed that they are looking into the complaint.
In a statement, Public Health England said: ‘Blobbius Diqweed was commonly found all over Britain in the 1990’s, and it died out completely in 2000.’
‘If anyone comes into contact with it, it is vital that calamine lotion should not be applied as it speeds up the reaction and toxicity.’
‘A green gunge solution is available from most chemists that will reduce the swelling, but the main advice for people who have come into contact with it is to remain in a safe location.’
‘As well as making people temporarily psychotic in nature, severe attacks make sufferers throw themselves around with little regard for their own safety and everyone else’s.’