Attributable to Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell:
A 28 year old woman has been charged with making a false complaint in relation to a report made to Police on Monday regarding a needle found in a strawberry in Timaru.
She has been summonsed to appear in Timaru District Court on 29 January 2019.
It’s disappointing that we’ve had to take this action, but this demonstrates that Police and MPI's New Zealand Food Safety take these matters seriously.
It also shows that, where appropriate, anyone making false reports in matters like this will be held to account.
Issued by the Police Media Centre