Someone poisoned the Guild’s water supply with floor cleaner and body lotion

Police are investigating


A police investigation has been launched after an intruder attempted to poison the water supply of Liverpool Students' Union.

The offender entered through a restricted basement in Liverpool's Guild of Students building, deliberately contaminating the water supply with floor cleaner and body lotion.

The university closed the building promptly to investigate, and the police were informed.

A spokesperson for the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Guild of Students said: “The Guild of Students building and an attached teaching building were closed last week following what appears to be a deliberate contamination of its water supply with body lotion and floor cleaner.

"The contamination was quickly identified and the building was closed after the discovery. It is understood that nobody has become unwell as a result of this incident."

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They continued: “A police investigation is ongoing and we would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact the police directly."

They added that following the incident, "the water supply in the affected buildings has been professionally cleaned and extensive testing of the water has been undertaken to ensure that it is completely free of contaminants and safe to drink.

"The building will reopen following completion of tests to definitively confirm the safety of the water supply.”

Inspector Geoff Stewart of Merseyside Police said: “Thankfully suspicions were raised at an early stage and we do not believe anyone has come to any harm as a result of this reckless act.

“But it could have had much more serious consequences and we appeal to anyone who might have heard who is responsible, or anything about the incident, to contact police.

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the Guild between midnight on Sunday evening and 2.15pm on Tuesday, we want to hear from you.”