Elderly man arrested for leaving ‘white substance’ at Woodleigh MRT station

A man has been arrested for leaving suspicious white substance at Woodleigh MRT station on Tuesday (18 April) Photo: Wan Ting Koh/Yahoo Singapore

*UPDATED at 8.35pm to include latest Police information on the two other men assisting in the investigation

A 69-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (18 April) for leaving a suspicious white substance at Woodleigh MRT station, which turned out to be baking flour.

Two other men, aged 53 and 70, are also assisting the police with into the matter, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in separate statements. Preliminary investigations revealed that the men were together with the arrested suspect.

“The white substance was subsequently established to be flour used to mark a trail for their running route,” said one of the statements.

The white substance found at Woodleigh MRT on 18 April 2017 was established to be baking flour. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

The SPF had earlier said that the arrested man is being investigated for an offence of public nuisance. The presence of the substance caused a temporary closure of the MRT station for about three hours.

Singapore Civil Defence Force’s HazMat officers later established the substance to be baking flour.

“The Police treat all security threats seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who cause public alarm,” the statement said.

The SPF also reminded the public to immediately report any suspicious items or behaviour to the transport authorities or the police.