Fulham man Leoaai Elghareeb, 37, accused of contaminating food in supermarkets in West London

Fulham man Leoaai Elghareeb, 37, accused of contaminating food in supermarkets in West London

A 37-year-old man has been charged with intentionally contaminating or disturbing goods in three supermarkets in London.

Leoaai Elghareeb, of Crabtree Lane, Fulham, is due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 27 August).

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 events on Wednesday night.

Following the incident, Hammersmith and Fulham Council advised its customers to throw away everything purchased from the three stores late Wednesday.

Packets of boiled chicken breast were among items seized by police from supermarkets after reports that the suspect injected food with needles.

Processed meat and microwave are believed to be among the other foods suspected of being contaminated.

Police block the entrance to Little Waitrose on Fulham Palace Road after the store was closed on suspicion of food contamination

Officers were alerted around 7.40pm on Wednesday after a man was reported shouting abuse at people on the street.

Shani Samet said she was sitting in the back of the Avanti tapas restaurant, she is a co-owner on Fulham Palace Road, when she heard a loud bang and saw a man swearing at a waiter before throwing a plant pot after him.

Mrs. Samet said, “He could have opened a person’s brain open.”

Hammersmith and Fulham Council on Wednesday night issued a notice of “emergency warning” on their social media accounts.

It said: “Members of the public are advised as a precautionary measure to dispose of food purchased from these supermarkets tonight.

“The H&F Council’s Environmental Health team is now working with the affected supermarket offices.”

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