Greenwich Council chief speaks out on “very disturbing” Tesco incident


The head of the Greenwich council said the police incident in the Woolwich Tesco will be very worrying for those living in the city center.

The Grand Depot Road store was closed tonight (April 25) after a man was reportedly seen with a knife.

Speaking on Twitter, council chief Dan Thorpe said the store had been “evacuated.”

Videos and photos posted on social networks show a strong police presence in the region.

“A worrying time for downtown residents”

In a brief statement, Mr. Thorpe offered to reassure the residents of Woolwich.

He said: “About half an hour ago, I was informed of an incident at Tesco in Woolwich earlier in the evening.

“The store has been evacuated and a cord is in place in the city center.

“Our Greenwich council teams liaise with and assist us with the Greenwich section of the Metropolitan Police.

“I recognize that in addition to everything that is going on in the world, it will be very worrisome for residents of downtown.

“I have spoken to Greenwich and Woolwich MPP Matthew Pennycook and Greenwich London Assembly member and Lewisham Len Duvall and will not make any further comments at this time.

“Please support the police by staying at home and staying inside. We will make sure that our channels are updated with all relevant information. “

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“A gun has been found”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday April 25, police arrested a man at General Gordon Square, SE18, after seeing him in possession of a knife.

“He was searched by police at the scene and a gun and a quantity of powder were found.

“Investigations, in particular to establish the nature of the powder, are continuing. “


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