A TERRIFIED mum screamed “stay away, I’m infected ” and “my son’s dying” after he reportedly swallowed deadly RICIN in Manchester today.
Emergency crews in haz-mat suits placed a street in Wythenshawe on lockdown in the wake of this morning’s full-scale toxin alert.
It is suspected the man may have eaten castor seeds – which contain traces of the killer toxin ricin.
Neighbour Mark Dalton told the Sun Online: “The mum was out in the street in a really agitated state.
“People went up to try and help her but she screamed: ‘Stay away I’m infected’.”
Jim Hutton, who lives near to the property, told the M.E.N.: “She came out of the house shouting ‘where the f*** are they? “‘My son’s dying in there’.”
Another neighbour Sue Chamber, 63, said: “People said he’d taken ricin. We were all told to stay away.
“We thought we were going to be poisoned. It’s a real shock.”
Police were called to Moor Lane in Wythenshawe, South Manchester shortly after 9am and a hazardous materials team, along with four fire engines and paramedics .
The man at the centre of the medical alert was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital on a stretcher.
He is believed to be in a stable condition.
Another witness said: “There’s a lot of them here. I’m outside one of the houses which has been taped off.
“They (the police) said there’s a chemical issue, that’s all they told us.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 9am this morning to a report of concern for the welfare of a man at a property on Moor Lane.
What are castor seeds and why are they so dangerous?
Castor seeds (or beans) have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
Over history they have been used for birth control and to treat constipation, syphilis and even leprosy.
Castor oil is also used as a laxative and to start labour during pregnancy.
However, the seed’s husk contains a deadly toxin called ricin.
A dose of purified ricin the size of a few grains of table salt is enough to kill an adult.
Ricin was at the centre of a foiled plot to attack the London Undeground system in 2002.
And in 2018, counter-terror cops raided a home in Cologne and found a large amount of Castor Beans.
There is absoltely no suggestion today’s Manchester incident is terror related.
“It was established that the man had consumed an at this time unknown substance.
“A man, aged in his 20s, is being treated at the scene and remains in a stable condition.”
Police say there is no wider threat to the community.