Man, 37, charged after food 'injected with mystery substance' in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores

A MAN has been charged after food was 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.

All three stores were sent into lockdown after reports emerged of a man allegedly injecting food in Fulham, West London.

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

He is due before Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

Police were called to reports of a man shouting abuse in the street and "injecting 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 supermarkets – Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's – have 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 contaminated or what they were injected with, but a council spokesman said processed meat and microwaveable products were believed to have been affected.

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