Razor blade, needle found in treat bags

CHRIS DOUCETTE

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

TORONTO -- Residents of an upscale North York street were shocked to learn their neighbourhood was one of two in the GTA where dangerously tainted candy was dished out to kids on what was an otherwise relatively uneventful Halloween night.

Toronto Police say the parents of one youth who had been trick-or-treating on Bannatyne Dr., northwest of Leslie St. and York Mills Blvd., were checking their child's candy Saturday and found a razor blade in the loot bag.

"It's unbelievable," said Marilyn, a longtime resident of the street who didn't want her last name used. "That makes me very angry."

It's hard to imagine anyone would endanger a child in such a way, she said.

"And this is a nice neighbourhood," Marilyn added.

Ironically, she and others who live on Bannatyne Dr. said there are few kids in the area these days and many residents stopped handing out candy several years ago.

Durham police say they are investigating a similar incident in Whitby after a needle was found in a Tootsie Roll.

"A two-inch needle had been inserted into the candy and was partly visible," police said. "The candy wrapper appeared to be tampered with and the parent found the needle."

It's believed the Tootsie Roll was collected in the area of Centre St. N., Palmerston Ave., Fulton Cres. and McBrien Court.

Durham Region also had a scare last Halloween when cold medication was found in five separate boxes of Smarties collected by kids in Pickering. Anyone with information on the Whitby incident should call Durham investigators at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 1833.

Tips on the North York incident can be made to Toronto detectives at 416-808-3300.


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