If a man dressed as Santa Claus offered you a drink at a Christmas market, would you take it? Eight people in Berlin have fallen ill after accepting drinks from an unidentified 40-year-old man, with the latest victim being a 15-year-old girl who had to go to hospital after the incident on Saturday.
The girl suffered vomiting and short-term memory loss after taking the drink, which is confirmed to have been laced with some kind of unusual substance. Police haven’t conclusively linked the case to a series of seven similar incidents at Berlin’s Christmas markets last week, but there seems to be a reasonable chance of a link.
The suspect is believed to approach people and offer them free drinks in paper cups. The drinks contain alcohol and, apparently, some other kind of substance that causes temporary illness.