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‘Astrosnacks’ reports so far unsubstantiated, say police

The fake snack bar was allegedly causing severe sickness

15 March, 2019

POLICE say there is no ongoing investigation into a possible fake snack called “Astrosnacks” and that the allegation has not yet been substantiated.

A letter sent home to parents by a school in Camden this week claimed the snack was being marketed to young children and had been causing “violent bouts of sickness” and “severe hallucinations”.

It said the “key areas” being targeted were Islington, Archway and Highgate, with a risk of it shifting to Camden, and that the Met Police were investigating the issue.

However, the Met said they had been made aware of a “single unsubstantiated rumour” about the snack. They added no crime had been alleged and that there is no ongoing investigation.

A spokesman said: “Police have not been able to speak directly to the parties who were apparently affected. As a matter of routine, and to safeguard young people, police have passed this information to schools local to the incident.”

Rebecca Harris, headteacher at St Alban’s C of E Primary School, in Holborn, sent out the letter as a “preventative measure”.

She told the New Journal she received the information from another school, as well as the picture of the product.

“As a headteacher, if you get any warnings like this, you have a duty of care to think about and that’s why I did it. It means parents are on high alert in case they see anything unsavoury.”

Camden Council also said the concerns had so far been unsubstantiated and that no Public Health England alert has been triggered.

A police spokesman added: “Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and Quote CAD 5133/05MAR18. Educational institutions in Camden And Islington can alternatively contact their dedicated Schools Officers, University Officers or Safer Neighbourhood Teams.”

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