Man, 37, charged after food ‘injected with mystery substancein supermarkets

A MAN has been charged after food was allegedly injected with a mystery substance in several supermarkets.

Leoaai Elghareeb is accused of contaminating goods inside a Tesco Express, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s Local.

Police officers in forensic suits speak to a colleague outside Tesco Express

Police officers in forensic suits speak to a colleague outside Tesco ExpressKrediet: PA
Evidence bags marked as a health hazard outside the Tesco Express store on Fulham Palace Road, Wes -Londen

Evidence bags marked as a health hazard outside the Tesco Express store on Fulham Palace Road, Wes -LondenKrediet: PA

All three stores were sent into lockdown after reports of a man said to be tampering with food in Fulham, Wes -Londen.

Mr Elghareeb, 37, of Fulham, has been charged with contaminating or interfering with goods with intent.

He is due before Westminster MagistratesCourt today.

On Wednesday police were called to reports of a man shouting abuse in the street andinjecting food with a number of syringes”.

Shoppers were told to stay away and bin anything they had bought immediately.

Officers in forensic suits were seen in Fulham Palace Road on Thursday while some foods were bagged up as evidence.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council said: “The supermarketsTesco, Waitrose en Sainsbury’shave closed and crime scenes are in place.

Officers were called at around 7.40pm after a man was reported to be shouting abuse at people in the street.

The man is alleged to have visited three supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road and injected foodstuffs using a number of syringes. He has been taken into police custody.

Members of the public are advised as a precaution to dispose of any food items bought from these supermarkets this evening.

“H&F Council’s Environmental Health team are now working with the supermarket branches affected.

It is not known how many items were potentially contaminated or what they were injected with, but a council spokesman said processed meat and microwaveable products were believed to have been affected.

Police forensics examine a Tesco Local supermarket in Fulham

Police forensics examine a Tesco Local supermarket in FulhamKrediet: LNP
Little Waitrose on Fulham Palace Road, Wes-Londen, was closed after a man was arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with a syringe

Little Waitrose on Fulham Palace Road, Wes-Londen, was closed after a man was arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with a syringeKrediet: PA
Police were called to the scene at 7.40pm on August 25

Police were called to the scene at 7.40pm on August 25Krediet: LNP
Police tape blocks the entrance to a Sainsbury's Local in Fulham, Wes-Londen

Police tape blocks the entrance to a Sainsbury’s Local in Fulham, Wes-LondenKrediet: PA

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