TORONTO — Police are warning parents across the province after five more cases of metal objects were found in childrens’ Halloween treats, bringing the total number of tampered candies to seven.
Toronto police launched a mischief investigation after a thumb tack was allegedly found lodged inside a chocolate bar in the city’s east-end on Monday.
Police said parents were checking their child’s Halloween bag when they discovered the metallic object pressed into the candy.
The child had been trick-or-treating in the Eastwood Road and Woodbine Avenue area, authorities said.
The child was not injured but police are reminding parents to stay vigilant and to thoroughly inspect all candies before eating them.
Ontario Provincial Police in Kawartha Lakes also reported a finishing nail located in a bite-size chocolate treat collected on Halloween from the city’s Little Britain community.
Police said the candy wrapper had a tiny hole on the outside and the nail was embedded inside the chocolate.
A grandparent who was carefully inspecting the candy noticed the nail and police said nobody was injured and the investigation is ongoing.
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On Monday, Niagara Regional Police received three more complaints of tampered candy from different cities in the region.
Police said a 15-year-old girl in Fort Erie, Ont. found a small razor blade in a bite-sized Twix chocolate bar after she was trick-or-treating in the Dominion Road area. She was not injured by the blade.
A 10-year-old girl in Thorold, Ont. found a mini Kit Kat chocolate bar with an opened wrapper in her Halloween candy after trick-or-treating in the Confederation Heights area and discovered a finishing nail embedded in the candy. She wasn’t injured by the nail either.
In the third case in the region, a 14-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake girl found the blade of a pencil sharpener stuck in a mini Mars chocolate bar after trick-or-treating in the Wright Street area.
None of the children were injured by the metal objects and police are urging parents to carefully inspect their children’s Halloween candy and report any tampering.
They added that if a wrapper is found to be tampered with, children should not eat its contents.
The latest cases follow two other incidents in Niagara Region where razor blades were found inside candy bars.
Police said one of the initial cases was found in the Town of Thorold, Ont. and another in St. Catharines, Ont.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact their local police department.
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