Police presence at JD Sports activities over fears of balaclava-clad teenagers raiding store
Police had been deployed to a JD Sports activities retailer after posts suggesting a attainable ‘mass raid’ had been circulated on social media.
Riot vans and police vehicles had been known as to the Pageant Park store in Stoke-on-Trent for concern of a large-scale looting.
The message shared on social media raised considerations that youngsters sporting balaclavas had been going to storm JD Sports activities at 7pm on Friday.
Nobody is believed to have been arrested, based on StokeonTrent Dwell .
The excessive safety alert got here after a number of JD Sports activities shops have been focused over the previous few days.
Sgt Chris Moss mentioned an 18-year-old man was arrested at Hanley bus station, a couple of mile from Pageant Park, on suspicion of possessing a knife.
He mentioned: “We had some info from an nameless person who there was an organised occasion on Snapchat for a load of lads to return all the way down to JD Sports activities at 7pm sporting balaclavas to allow them to all storm into the shop and nick a load of inventory and run out.
“Officers have been offering a hi-visibility presence this night to JD retailer Hanley and Pageant Park.
“This was on account of information about what is thought on social media as ‘Mass Stealing’. We’ll proceed to supply hi-vis patrols tomorrow for public reassurance and to stop crime.”
Consumers who had been conscious of the latest craze condemned the behaviour of these behind the raid.
Craig Matthews, 25, of Bentilee, mentioned: “It was a extremely silly factor to do. We don’t want that type of factor in Stoke-on-Trent.
“I moved down from Manchester to get away from that type of stuff. I hope to go about my buying as regular.”
Lesley Eardley, 64, mentioned: “It might be terrifying to be a consumer if individuals got here in sporting balaclavas and began robbing the shop.”
One other shopper mentioned: “It looks as if that is going to be the subsequent massive factor. They’re simply attempting to copycat what’s occurring in greater cities like London.”
Cell footage circulating on social media exhibits an identical incident which occurred on Halloween night time when a gang stormed into JD Sports activities at Tottenham Retail Park in north London.
The group had been seen grabbing handfuls of garments and equipment earlier than fleeing the store.
Shocked bystanders watch as over a dozen individuals sporting face masks run out of the shop.