Police suspect poisoning at German university as students turn blue.

Seven people have fallen ill after consuming a variety of food and drink from kitchens at Darmstadt Technical University in Germany, in what police suspect may have been an attempted poisoning.

Several students and members of staff experienced nausea and some watched their arms or legs turn blue after using kitchen facilities and a drinks machine at the university’s Institute of Materials Science on Monday, Hesse state police reported.

Six people were treated in hospital in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, while a 30-year-old student was temporarily in a life-threatening condition but was stabilised by doctors on Monday evening.

A homicide squad with 40 detectives, called Licht (“light”), has been set up to investigate the case, police and the state prosecutors in Darmstadt announced on Tuesday.

“Investigations are running at high speed and police are doing everything to identify the culprit,” they said.

They suspect several freely accessible milk and water bottles at three separate small kitchens on the university’s Lichtwiese campus were contaminated over the weekend.

Citing an anonymous investigator, the Bild newspaper said on Tuesday police were ruling out that the poison could have been left behind by accident.

Students were urged to only consume food or drink they had “carried themselves or stored under supervision”. Those who drank from bottles bought on the campus and were feeling unwell were advised to immediately contact a doctor.

Police said the contamination was easily identifiable due to the acrid smell emitted by the suspected poison. Investigators said they had identified the substance after analysing samples in police labs overnight, but could not name it while the search for the culprit was ongoing.

“A substance has been identified that can be harmful to one’s health, and even deadly,” said a senior public prosecutor, Robert Hartmann, at a press conference on Tuesday.

“We are shocked by the apparent crime that has been committed at our university,” said the university president, Tanja Brühl, on Tuesday morning.

Angela Dorn-Rancke, the science minister for the state of Hesse, which includes Darmstadt, said: “I wish the affected all the best, a quick recovery and can assure them my full support.

“Together with the university and investigators, we now need to clarify the situation as quickly as possible.” - Guardian

The Irish Times

The Irish Times online. Latest news including sport, analysis, business, weather and more from the definitive brand of quality news in Ireland.

https://www.irishtimes.com/

COVID-19 UK winter plan - Govt discusses triggers for Plan B to come into force.

COVID-19 UK winter plan - Govt discusses triggers for Plan B to come into force.

The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: Like The Sun on Facebook: Follow The Sun on Twitter: Subscr...

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wins California recall election

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wins California recall election

Newsom faced a recall in part due to his handling of the pandemic. Among the 46 candidates vying to replace him, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder was the frontrunner. WATCH NIGHTLINE EPISODES: ALSO AVAILABLE ON HULU: #Nightline #GavinNewso...

Ted Cruz accuses the State Dept of 'trafficking child predators'.

Ted Cruz accuses the State Dept of 'trafficking child predators'.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, discusses Antony Blinken’s hearing on the Afghanistan exit on ‘Hannity’ #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news servi...

Online child abuse: 'It's all too easy'

Online child abuse: 'It's all too easy'

The NSPCC is calling for the new Online Safety Bill to include criminal sanctions for social media companies which fail to protect children from sexual abuse on their websites. New analysis by the charity suggests online crimes against children ha...

World Afro Day: 'A time to recognise the beauty of Afro hair'.

World Afro Day: 'A time to recognise the beauty of Afro hair'.

Organisers of World Afro Day hope this year's campaign will be its biggest yet, with more than 100,000 young people from across the world taking part. On its fifth anniversary, the event's founder Michelle De Leon says it marks a global day of "ch...

Afghanistan latest: Taliban deny reports of internal division in their leadership - DW News.

Afghanistan latest: Taliban deny reports of internal division in their leadership - DW News.

The foreign minister in Afghanistan's new Taliban-run government says they remain committed to their promises to not allow militants to use its territory to attack others. In his first press conference as acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi...