Police have leapt to the defence of a woman accused of dumping contaminated meat on playing fields in Crosland Moor.
She was identified on social media after allegedly being caught ‘red-handed’ by school chef Liz O’Neill who says she saw a woman dumping pieces of chicken at Dryclough Recreational Ground recently.
Local people have been concerned for their dogs after reports of dumped chicken and the Examiner reported that Kirklees Council environmental health officers were investigating and asking people to let them know what was happening.
The matter grew even more fraught after accusations were made on social media saying the woman had been seen leaving meat allegedly laced with poison.
And there were claims that police were reluctant to get involved as no offence had been committed.
Now police have released a statement insisting that the women has committed no offences.
A spokesman said: “Enquiries have been made following community concerns about potentially contaminated raw meat being dumped on playing fields at Dryclough recreation ground in Crosland Moor.
“Police are aware that as part of social media conversations on this issue, photographs of a woman were circulated by members of the public identifying her as the person involved.
“There is nothing to suggest that this meat was contaminated and it is not connected to earlier reports of meat contaminated with safety pins.
“We would stress that the woman pictured on social media is not being treated as a suspect for any offence and would urge people to be considerate of this.
“While we understand the concern in the community, this woman has not committed any criminal offences and any reports of people taking matters in to their own hands will be dealt with appropriately.”
On Monday a Kirklees Council spokesman said: “Council officers are investigating these allegations and will be working closely with its partners in community safety and the police to minimise harm to animals and the public.
“If anyone has any evidence of the dumping of waste meat they should contact the council on 01484 414739.”