Man arrested on suspicion of contaminating food with syringes at west London supermarkets

Evidence bags marked as a health hazard and containing produce outside the Tesco Express store on Fulham Palace Road. Credit: ITV News

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of contaminating food after items in three supermarkets in west London were found to have been injected with syringes.

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 three supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, in Fulham Palace Road, and injected foodstuffs using a number of needles.

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.

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

Police are investigating inside Sainsburys, Waitrose and Tesco on Fulham Palace road in West London

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.”