Individually wrapped chocolates containing “hazardous substances” have been found on a suburban street in Perth.
In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, Western Australia Police confirmed they were unaware what substance was in the four contaminated chocolates, which were found at two addresses on Fremantle’s High Street.
Chocolates, similar to those found in a multi-pack, were left inside a mailbox and on an outside wall at another address along the Fremantle street.
“An unknown substance was placed inside the four mini chocolate bars and there is no suggestion they were purchased off the shelf with the substance inside,” they said.
“This is a localised incident and forensic testing is currently being undertaken to establish the substance placed in these specific chocolates.
“The four chocolates were not consumed by anyone, but it is a timely reminder to the public to be aware of the origin of food prior to being eaten,” the police spokesperson said.
WA Police said they were investigating the incident, hoping to find the person or persons who left the four contaminated chocolates.
Police were reportedly notifying locals of the incident, according to a woman who shared the news on Facebook through a local group.
According to a Facebook post, the chocolates were found at a height which is accessible to small children, specifically along fence lines and in letterboxes.
The woman who shared the post to the group asked other Facebook users to be mindful of pets and children and to notify local police if the poisonous chocolates are found.
One person commented on the post saying the news was particularly worrying considering there are three schools and an after-school centre close by.
Many people on the Facebook post were baffled as to why someone would do such a thing - with people saying whoever is responsible is a “sick, twisted individual”.
Police inquiries into the incident are ongoing and WA Police urge anyone with information that can assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
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