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May 25, 2019

Australian boy confesses to putting sewing needles into strawberries

September 28, 2018
Strawberries in basket (iStockphoto)

There’s the prickly pear, now there’s the pointy strawberry.

A boy in New South Wales, Australia, has admitted to inserting sewing needles into fresh strawberries.

The suspect’s age and identity were not released, nor was there any information as to whether he faces charges.

The boy confessed that it was just a prank and has nothing to do with some other perpetrator who has been contaminating produce in the same region, New South Wales police authorities told ABC News.

“What we’ve seen in this state we believe is the work of copycats and pranksters,” said Stuart Smith, the acting assistant commissioner of the New South Wales police on Wednesday.

Last week, freaked-out consumers reported discovering sewing needles inside strawberries across South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales last week.

People convicted of deliberately tampering with food products face up to a 10-year prison term, Smith warned.

He also announced a reward of about $73,000 American dollars for information that leads to the prosecution of any person deliberately trying to hurt others with contaminated food.

“Whether it’s done with the intention of prank, whether it’s done with the intention of serious harm to another individual, it’s no difference,” Smith remarked. “They are going to be charged with that offense and they are gong to find themselves in front of a court.”

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