Fears man ‘injected his own BLOOD’ into food at a Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s

A man arrested after microwaved food was injected with syringes filled with his blood in three London supermarkets ‘threw one of the needles at a jogger’.

The man collided with Tom Harrington, 38, after yelling ‘run fat boy run’ as he ran past him in Hammersmith, west London, just after 7pm last night.

Speaking to MailOnline today, Mr Harrington, a media analyst, said the man produced a metal cylinder filled with about 30 syringes.

He pulled one out and threw it at his feet before casually walking away.

The confrontation took place about 100 yards away from a Waitrose supermarket, where the man is believed to have injected a substance – possibly his own blood – into cured meats and microwaved meals.

Meat seen in police bags with health risks outside Tesco after it was reportedly targeted

He is also said to have attacked a nearby supermarket Tesco and Sainsbury’s just before 8 p.m. last night.

Recalling his argument with the suspect, Mr Harrington said: ‘I was running just after 7pm last night and was running along Rannoch Road at the intersection of Silverton Road when this man started chanting ‘run fat boy run’ at me.

“He was a white man, normally built with stubble who looked like he was in his thirties. He looked at me so I stopped and asked him what he was doing but he kept singing.

“Then he took out this tin cylinder—like a pencil case—but it was filled with about 30 syringes.

The man is said to have hit three supermarkets Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's

The man is said to have hit three supermarkets Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s

Forensic teams were in supermarkets today to determine what food was hit

Forensic teams were in supermarkets today to determine what food was hit

“He took one out and threw it at me. I was only five feet from him, but it didn’t hit me, it landed at my feet on the floor.

‘I couldn’t see exactly what was in it – there may have been blood in it, I wasn’t sure – but I saw that the syringe was still on it.

“At that point he started walking down Silverton Road towards Fulham Palace Road, where the supermarkets are.

‘I asked him ‘Did you just throw a syringe at me?’ He turned and said over his shoulder ‘they are my rhymes’ or words to that effect. It was a very strange meeting.’

The Metropolitan Police were called just before 8 p.m. after a man allegedly yelled swear words at people in the street.

He is said to have visited Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s outlets on Fulham Palace Road, where he reportedly injected food products with more than one syringe.

The specialists were seen this morning talking to uniformed officers guarding the scenes

The specialists were seen this morning talking to uniformed officers guarding the scenes

It is currently unknown how many items are contaminated and with what substance.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council issued an ’emergency notice’ on its social media accounts last night.

It said: ‘As a precautionary measure, the public is advised to throw away all food items purchased from these supermarkets tonight.

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

Forensic officers packed processed meat packages in health-safety bags this morning to be sent for chemical testing. They are still investigating whether other stores were attacked.

An NHS employee, who declined to be named, said: ‘I live nearby and went out last night to find out what was going on.

“There were police outside Waitrose and I asked an officer what the man had injected and he said it could be blood.

“He said whatever the substance is, it’s gone to be tested. The police also check the cameras.’

Crime scenes are still being recorded today around the affected shops, Fulham’s Little Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Local and Tesco Express.

The man reportedly visited three separate supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road in west London

The man reportedly visited three separate supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road in west London

It came as more information came out about the panic the suspect had caused.

Vince Dwyer, 57, a digital art designer, said he was at Sainsbury’s just after 7:30 p.m. when he saw the suspect arguing with a woman in line.

He said: ‘I went to Sainsbury’s last night to buy a bottle of water. I went and grabbed the top shelf water – that was all I bought.

‘I heard screams. It’s not uncommon if you live around here. The guard followed a man into the store and my first impression was that it might have been shoplifting.

“I thought maybe because he wasn’t wearing a face covering, but people don’t really wear them now, so it wouldn’t have been that.

The man yelled, ‘Go away. get away’, very loudly. Then it stopped and then he shouted, “I’m not a child.” something like that.

“As he left and I was paying off my groceries, he came back down the aisle and looked at this woman.

‘He yelled, ‘what the hell are you looking at, you fat bastard?’ She wasn’t a shrinking violet – she answered him back. He threw something at her and I read online that it was eggs.

“He had a carton of eggs with him. It was a green box with six eggs. When he left, he started snoring and blinding this woman again. She yelled, ‘you need to get help’.

“When they left, he was just ahead of me. He had a small black plastic box. He threw things, squirt, on the road in front of the cars.

The man is said to have visited the Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's stores on Fulham Palace Road (photo: Tesco)

The man is said to have visited the Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores on Fulham Palace Road (photo: Tesco)

Investigators at Little Waitrose store on Fulham Palace Road early this morning

Investigators at Little Waitrose store on Fulham Palace Road early this morning

“He was walking north on Fulham Palace Road. When I turned around, the woman had come from Sainsbury’s and was still yelling at him. He was just crossing the road and heading straight into traffic at Tesco.’

Dwyer described the suspect as in his late twenties or early thirties, probably from London, with curly black hair and perhaps of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern descent. He was wearing a black short-sleeved sports shirt with ‘Carr’ on the back.

He added: ‘I think the syringe, the plastic parts, were red. I didn’t see what colored liquid was in it. He had quite a few.

“He just threw them on the road. It wasn’t that shocking at the time. Things always happen here. It’s either shoplifting or a stabbing here.

“He was swearing. He didn’t look like he was drunk. He wasn’t slurping. It was someone yelling in the supermarket. I can imagine there was a psychological problem.

“When he was led out, he just yelled at the woman. All she did was look like someone else. It seemed as if she hadn’t done anything to him.’

Horrified shopkeepers recounted how they desperately shut their doors to try to prevent him from entering and causing more chaos.

A manager of a gas station down the road said: ‘The police came in and told us to close around 8pm.

“We opened at 11 a.m. only half an hour ago. I think it’s the same with everything that was open yesterday.

Sainsbury's Local was kept closed after the suspect was the target of the unusual incident

Sainsbury’s Local was kept closed after the suspect was the target of the unusual incident

The Little Waitrose store was still closed as police investigated the circumstances of the incident

The Little Waitrose store was still closed as police investigated the circumstances of the incident

Tesco was full of forensic officers looking carefully at the food inside

Tesco was full of forensic officers looking carefully at the food inside

“I think they were trying to prevent this man from entering other stores. It is scary. I can’t believe something like this happened.’

Shoppers were also terrified of returning to the stores after the incidents.

Dental nurse Pamela Wright, 38, added: ‘I bought a carton of milk and a Waitrose sandwich at lunchtime yesterday.

“Even though that was before it would have happened, I’m shocked.

‘It drives you crazy. Who is this guy? What did he do? Has he done it before?

“I haven’t been sick, but I’m afraid to think this happened where you shop.

“He’s a terrorist. It is unacceptable. I really hope the police charge him with terrorism, because he’s trying to instill fear in everyone.”

The Hammersmith & Fulham Council said officers were called just before 8pm after a man allegedly yelled swear words at people in the street.

The man has been taken into police custody for attempting to harm or intimidate the public.

The supermarkets are closed and there are crime scenes.

According to the municipality, this concerns processed meat and products that can be used in the microwave.

It is currently unknown how many items are contaminated and with what substance.

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

It said: ‘As a precautionary measure, the public is advised to throw away all food items purchased from these supermarkets tonight.

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

The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police have arrested a man in Hammersmith and Fulham on suspicion of contaminating goods with intent to cause public harm or fear after foodstuffs were injected with needles in supermarkets.

Officers were called around 7:40 PM after a man yelled at people in the street. The man reportedly entered three supermarkets in Fulham Palace Road SW6 and injected food with a number of needles.

“He has been arrested by the police. The supermarkets are closed and there are crime scenes.

‘The affected foods are believed to be processed meats and microwaveable products. It is currently unknown how many items are infected, or with what. It is being investigated whether other companies in the area are involved in the incident.’

It did not address whether blood was suspected of being used.

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