A 37-year-old man has been charged with contaminating or interfering with goods with intent at three supermarkets in London.
Leoaai Elghareeb, of Crabtree Lane, Fulham, is due before Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, August 27).
Officers in forensic suits were seen in Fulham Palace Road yesterday at three stores – a Tesco Express, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s Local – after the incidents on Wednesday evening.
Following the incident, Hammersmith and Fulham Council advised shoppers to throw away anything bought from the three shops late on Wednesday.
Packets of cooked chicken breast were among items seized by police from the supermarkets following reports the suspect was injecting food with needles.
Processed meat and microwaveable products were believed to be among the other foods that were suspected of being contaminated.
Officers were alerted at around 7.40pm on Wednesday after a man was reported to be shouting abuse at people in the street.
Shani Samet said she was sitting in the back of the Avanti tapas restaurant she co-owns on Fulham Palace Road when she heard a loud bang and saw a man swearing at a waiter before throwing a plant pot at him.
Ms Samet said: “He could’ve cracked somebody’s brain open.”
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.”
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