Milk bottles tampered with and filled with cleaning product at village primary school

PUBLISHED: 15:23 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 17 October 2017

The incident happened at the school in Lakenheath. Picture Phil Morley.

The incident happened at the school in Lakenheath. Picture Phil Morley.


Milk bottles destined for staff and pupils at a primary school were filled with cleaning products, police have revealed.

The incident happened at Lakenheath Community Primary School sometime between Friday October 6 and the morning of Monday October 6.

The two half-empty bottles of milk were left in fridges and were discovered by a member of staff on Monday morning after being tampered with. Analysis of the bottles confirmed they were filled on the school premises with a cleaning product.

No milk was given to any staff or pupils and no threats have been made.

No further incidents have been reported to the school or others in the area and the school and police are treating this as an isolated incident.

The school has introduced additional security measures including adding locks to classroom fridges, and disposing of all unused and non-sealed produce daily.

It is also replacing locks to all exterior doors.

Police are keeping an open mind as to the motive as they continue enquiries.

A parent said the school had informed them as to what had happened by text message today.

In a letter to parents, the school said: “The tampered milk was discovered by vigilant staff first thing on Monday morning before the start of school. “The milk was immediately removed and later quarantined to ensure that nobody could drink from it. There was no risk to any adults or children.

“The police were immediately notified and an investigation began into how and why this has occurred.

“This matter is being treated very seriously by the school, the Police and Suffolk County Council.

“We do not believe there is any further threat to anyone at the school.”

A Suffolk police spokesman said there was no CCTV footage of the incident.

The spokesman said there was also no signs of a break-in.

A parent who did not wish to be named said: “I really do hope they get to the bottom of the matter. I think parents will think twice about their children having daily milk from now on. As I certainly would not have it again.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “Additional safety measures have swiftly been introduced at the school to ensure that food and drink is only consumed from sealed packaging. We are supporting the school and Suffolk Police in their investigation.”

• Anyone who has any knowledge of the incident or witnessed any suspicious activity should contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/66067/17.

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