Poisoned food left in Calgary parks result of mental health concerns: police

Jan 31 2020, 10:18 am

Police say they have gotten to the bottom of why poisoned food was appearing at parks in northwest Calgary.

Since August 2019, there have been at least seven confirmed cases of food being left in parks around the community of Evanston that was contaminated with household cleaners or automobile products.

An investigation was launched as “the service recognized the significant impact these incidents had on the community.”

A release from the Calgary Police Service states that an investigation identified a senior citizen who had been leaving the contaminated food in the parks and green spaces.

The release notes that it is believed his motivations were mental health related, and therefore police decided against laying charges.

The man will instead be connected with the appropriate mental health supports and police are working with the offender’s family to ensure that those supports are received.

Those who seek more information on mental health supports can call 2-1-1.