Two children pricked by used hypodermic needles that were hidden in Coles supermarket

Hypodermic needle (illustration)
Hypodermic needle (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

Two children were injured from used hypodermic needles while their parents were shopping at a supermarket, according to police in Australia.

Melbourne police are investigating two separate incidents involving children being pricked by hidden syringes at the Coles supermarket in Broadmeadows.

The incidents unfolded on Monday. The first incident happened at around 1:30 p.m., when a child was pricked by a syringe, which was hidden under a rail.

A second similar incident involving another child took place about an hour later, which led to the discovery of the syringe by the child’s mother.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the vicinity of the deli section of the Pascoe Vale Road Coles supermarket on Monday, to come forward.

Police believe that the needles were maliciously placed in the supermarket to cause injuries. So far, no arrests have been made.

The children will undergo testing to determine whether they have been infected with any diseases.