Five arrested after Asda brawl

Five people have been arrested after a violent incident in a London supermarket.

Police were called to Asda on Lavender Hill near Clapham Junction at 10:40pm on July 22 to reports of a group of people involved in a disturbance.

Video footage posted on social media shows a woman staff member being kicked in the throat and punched in the face by a man dressed in a Spider-Man costume. Another clip shows a brawl in the warehouse area of the shop involving Asda employees and several people wearing costumes.

A person in a wheelchair is seen to be pulled back from the fight, and the man in the Spider-Man costume can be seen hitting people with what appears to be a single crutch.

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Metropolitan Police officers attended along with London Ambulance Service, and a woman in her 20s was taken to hospital with a minor injury.

A further five people were treated at the scene.

Two men aged 37 and 35, and an 18-year-old woman and 17-year-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of affray and violent disorder.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, affray and violent disorder.

“We are aware of an incident which occurred at our Clapham Junction store late last night,” An Asda spokesperson said.

“We do not tolerate any form of violence or abuse towards colleagues or customers and we are working closely with the police in their inquiries.”

The GMB union said its members were among those attacked, and representatives were present at the store on Friday to offer support.

Senior organiser Mark Wilkinson added: “GMB cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of these people and we thank the police for their swift action in arriving to help protect our members from further harm.

“The video footage is absolutely horrifying and we are offering whatever support is necessary to any member who was affected during the incident.”

He added: “Sadly, GMB is all too aware that whilst Clapham Junction is an extreme example, attacks on retail workers are on the increase. Parliament needs to act now to toughen the law.”

The news follows the UK’s leading retailers have written to the Prime Minister to tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers.

Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury’s are amongst the 100 retailers calling on the government to support an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The retailers which have also shown their support by signing the letter include Big 4 grocers, Tesco and Morrisons, alongside the Co-op Group, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Lidl, and Iceland.

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