‘Deadly’ bracelet warning to Redbridge schoolchildren

Parents across Redbridge are being warned about a bracelet which has the potential to kill.

Schools have been asked by the local authority to pass on to parents and guardians fears over the bracelets, which have been on sale at various retails outlets across the UK, including the Eden Project in Cornwall.

People who have bought the red and black bracelets made from the Jequirity bean are being urged to return them.

The bracelet is made from the deadly seed of the plant abrus precatorious.

The bean contains the toxin abrin that if swallowed, has the potential to kill in doses of just three micrograms.

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A letter to parents reads: “Abrin is chemically similar to ricin, a chemical warfare agent.

“People who have bought, or are in possession of the bracelets, are being urged to bag them, then wash their hands and avoid touching their eyes.

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“You are advised that if you or any of your children are in possession of one these bracelets, then you should double bag the bracelets, seal the bag and hand it in to your local police station where they will arrange safe disposal.”

Have you purchased the bracelet, or know of any one who has? Contact the newsdesk on 020 8477 3806, or email zjan.shirinian@archant.co.uk.

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