Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank.
New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details but said the child had been caught in recent days.
“Obviously in the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank, including putting needles in strawberries, and he’ll be dealt with under the youth cautioning system,” he said.
The behaviour could be “called a prank”, he said, but warned that any copycat cases would be dealt with harshly.
Fourth-generation farmer Rebecca Scurr shared how metal detectors had been on their farm for four years, and how even growers who weren’t the brands implicated had been affected.
“I guess the message is cut it up, don’t cut it out,” she said. “There are plenty of family farms here that are still producing and we are not directly linked to these incidents and we absolutely want you to keep buying strawberries.”
Source: NZ Herald.