12-year-old admits to putting needles in strawberries

By Marni Dixit September 20, 2018

"In the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank."

New South Wales acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith has revealed a child was caught inserting needles into strawberries in what is believed to be a copycat prank.

It was first believed to have been a boy, however, it’s believed Mr Smith misspoke, calling the child “he” during a press conference in Sydney.

A girl reportedly placed the needle in a strawberry and showed it to friends at her school in the NSW Blue Mountains according to the Daily Telegraph.

One student told the teachers and the police were called. They talked to the girl at her home and she confessed.

Mr Smith said:

“Obviously, in the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank, including putting needles in strawberries.”

The child will be dealt with under the youth cautioning system.

The police commissioner added the behaviour could be called a “prank”, however, added anyone caught in copycat cases will be dealt with harshly.

“What we’ve seen in the state (of NSW) we believe is the work of copycats and pranksters, we’ve got to deal with it though, the way we deal with any crime.”

The news comes as the Attorney-General said there had been over 100 reported cases of sabotage across the country. 

A primary school student in Newcastle discovered a needle inside a banana that was packed into their lunch box. The student found the needle before biting into it and told teachers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lashed out at the “grubs” who are responsible for the contamination crisis, announcing new penalties and an increase in jail time for offenders.

“It’s not a joke. It’s not funny. You are putting the livelihoods of hardworking Australians at risk and you are scaring children.

“If you do that sort of thing in this country, we will come after you and we will throw the book at you.”

Australian farmers are facing financial ruin and have been forced to dump mass harvests of fruit as consumer demand lessons and products are taken off shelves.

Everyone is being urged to buy strawberries and cut them up before eating them.

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