Fulham solicitor accused of injecting blood into stores' food

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Police outside Tesco Express in Fulham after the alleged incidentsImage source, PA Media
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Police were called to three stores, including Tesco Express

A solicitor has appeared in court accused of injecting blood into food items at three west London stores.

Leoaai Elghareeb, 37, from Fulham, did not enter a plea at Westminster Magistrates' Court to a charge of contaminating goods with intent.

The case relates to incidents at a Sainsbury's Local, Tesco Express and Little Waitrose on Fulham Palace Road, Fulham, on Wednesday evening.

He is in custody and will appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 24 September.

The court heard the defendant, of Crabtree Lane, is accused of entering the Waitrose store and "throwing around" syringes of blood and injecting them into food items.

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Shoppers have been advised to throw away products bought on Wednesday evening

He is also accused of doing the same, along with throwing eggs, in a nearby Sainsbury's store, and going on to inject more items in Tesco Express before he was arrested, the court heard.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council advised shoppers to throw away products bought in the stores after 18:00 BST on Wednesday.

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