Staff at Harry Potter studio tour cafe ‘find metal pins and glass in food’

Muffins that were due to be sold to Harry Potter fans allegedly contained glass shards and metal pins in a scare now being probed by police.

Staff at the wildly popular Warner Bros Studios Tour London in Leavesden, Herts, discovered food laced with dangerous objects.

The tainted food was "intercepted" at a cafe on Wednesday before it was sold to visitors at the Harry Potter film studio which has been converted into a giant tourist attraction.

Bosses launched an investigation and all food was inspected, and it is alleged that fans of the book and film franchise were not told.

Warner Bros said it was taking the incident "extremely seriously" and "additional safe-guarding measures have been put in place as a precaution".

The investigation was launched after a worker allegedly found a shard of glass in a muffin, the Sun reported.

Silver metal pins were then found inside 13 muffins, it is claimed.

It is alleged that glass was found in a burger a few weeks ago.

The Chocolate Frog Cafe, the Hub Cafe, the Food Hall and the Backlot Cafe all remained open, said Warner Bros.

It was claimed that food sales were halted.

A source told the Sun: “It’s chilling and dark to think anyone could be so cold and calculating. 

“We get thousands of kids here every day. Someone could have choked and died. 

“The few staff aware of what happened were asked to keep it quiet."

A Warner Bros spokesperson told Mirror Online: "No contaminated food was served to visitors during this incident.

"The food was discovered before the Studio Tour opened and did not leave the kitchen.

"The Studio Tour cafes remained open throughout the day.

"We are taking this matter extremely seriously, the safety of our visitors is our primary concern.

"We are working with the police to investigate the incident.

"No contaminated food left the kitchen and additional safe-guarding measures have been put in place as a precaution."

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary added: “We are investigating an incident at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden on Wednesday, July 17 where foreign objects were reportedly found in a small amount of food.

“The food in question was intercepted before it was made available for consumption.

“Enquiries are continuing and officers are working closely with the studios who are fully supportive of the investigation.

“If you have any information you believe could be useful to the investigation, please contact police quoting reference 41/65007/19.”

Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened in 2012 to much fanfare after the final film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – was released in cinemas.

The site offers a behind-the-scenes look and has a capacity for 6,000 visitors a day.

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