London Metropolitan Police based at Wanstead Police Station in the Redbridge Borough
of East London, UK are investigating the contamination by urine of food served to judges, barristers and lawyers in the private dining room known as the advocates’ lounge at Snaresbrook Crown Court by person or persons unknown.
So serious are the allegations that the catering company responsible for providing the dining service has suspended all its staff and replaced them with new personnel while the criminal investigation is carried out. The Sun
reports that police were called after diners complained that the food they had been served “smelled a bit off.”
Authorities suspect that the traces of urine found in various food items such as salads, sandwiches and soups may have been put there by a member of the catering staff who has a grudge against either the court specifically or the justice system generally.
This isn’t the first time Snaresbrook Crown Court has hit the headlines. In September 2003, This is Local London
(accessed via the electronic news archive available at Lexis Nexis
– subscription required) reported that a prisoner, Jason Humphreys from Walthamstow, escaped by leaping over the dock and then out-ran security staff before making off from the building. He managed to evade capture for over half an hour before finally being arrested at a nearby road junction. Humphrey’s escape, the newspaper went on to report, was the sixth such occurrence in two years.