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Man, 40, charged after ‘brandishing axe’ in Asda as police car damaged & officers suffered minor

The store in Glenrothes, Fife. Credit: Google Earth

A shopper has been charged after police officers were injured when he allegedly brandished an axe in Asda today.

The 40-year-old man was arrested after the incident at the supermarket in Glenrothes, Fife.

A 40-year-old man has been charged after 'brandishing an axe' in Asda today

A police car is believed to have been damaged after cops were called at 8.15am.

Several officers received minor injuries during the "disturbance".

The store went into temporary lockdown when the 'axe-wielding' shopper threatened staff.

It shut its doors following the incident but has since reopened.

Inspector Kirk Donnelly, Glenrothes Community Policing, said: "We can confirm a 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a disturbance at an ASDA Supermarket, Queensgate Industrial Estate, around 8.15am on Wednesday, 1 July, 2020.

"The man was found to be in possession of an offensive weapon, but I would like reassure the public that there is no threat to the wider community.

"A police car was damaged while the suspect was apprehended and officers received minor injuries.

"No members of the public were injured and I would like to thank them for their assistance with this incident."

He is due to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Customers who were in the store at the time have praised the quick-thinking Asda staff on social media.

One said: "Staff did brilliantly in Asda this morning to prevent something much worse from happening, hope they are recognised for what they did."

Another said: "Amazing reactions by staff at Asda Glenrothes this morning, put themselves at risk to prevent a situation that could have been much much worse than a few displays damaged, hope they’re rewarded accordingly by the company."

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