Man arrested after substance injected into food at London supermarkets

Man is arrested after unknown substance was injected into food at several London supermarkets – with the shops closed and police telling shoppers to BIN anything bought from there

  • Hammersmith & Fulham Council said officers were called at just before 8pm
  • Man was reported to be shouting at people on Fulham Palace Road, West London
  • Alleged to have visited three supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s 
  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with a syringe at three supermarkets in West London, a council has said.

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council said officers were called at just before 8pm after a man was reported to be shouting abuse at people in the street.

    He is alleged to have visited the Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s outlets on Fulham Palace Road, where he allegedly injected food products using more than one syringe.

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with a syringe at three supermarkets in West London, a council has said. Above: A Tesco store on Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith is seen cordoned off. The man also targeted a Waitrose and Sainsbury's outlet

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with a syringe at three supermarkets in West London, a council has said. Above: A Tesco store on Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith is seen cordoned off. The man also targeted a Waitrose and Sainsbury’s outlet

    The man allegedly visited three separate supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road in West London

    The man allegedly visited three separate supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road in West London

    The man has been taken into police custody accused of trying to cause public harm or anxiety.

    The supermarkets have been closed and crime scenes are in place.

    The affected items are believed to be processed meat and microwaveable products, according to the council.

    Tesco (above), Waitrose and Sainsbury's outlets were all affected. The man is alleged to have injected foodstuffs using more than one syringe. Above: The police cordon in place outside the Tesco store

    Tesco (above), Waitrose and Sainsbury’s outlets were all affected. The man is alleged to have injected foodstuffs using more than one syringe. Above: The police cordon in place outside the Tesco store 

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

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

    This Sainsbury's Local store was also closed last night after the incident. Above: The police cordon

     This Sainsbury’s Local store was also closed last night after the incident. Above: The police cordon

    It is currently unknown how many items have been contaminated, or with what substance.

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council issued an ’emergency alert’ notice on its social media accounts on Wednesday evening.

    It said: ‘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.’

    The Metropolitan Police has been approached for comment.    

    The man has been taken into police custody accused of trying to cause public harm or anxiety. Above: The Waitrose outlet where the man is also believed to have struck

    The man has been taken into police custody accused of trying to cause public harm or anxiety. Above: The Waitrose outlet where the man is also believed to have struck