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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Lidl offers help in London tube bomb investigation after device pictured in supermarket's branded bag

Personal belongings and a bucket with an item on fire inside it, are seen on the floor of an underground train carriage at Parsons Green station in West London, Britain September 15, 2017, in this image taken from social media. SYLVAIN PENNEC/via REUTERS
Personal belongings and a bucket with an item on fire inside it, are seen on the floor of an underground train carriage at Parsons Green station in West London, Britain September 15, 2017, in this image taken from social media. SYLVAIN PENNEC/via REUTERS

Kalyeena Makortoff

Supermarket Lidl has offered to assist a police investigation into the terrorist incident on the London Underground, after one of its bags was apparently used to hold the improvised bomb.

The German-owned grocery chain issued a statement just hours after social media photos of the affected District Line carriage showed a still-burning bucket inside a Lidl-branded reusable bag.

"We are shocked and concerned to have learned of an incident at Parsons Green this morning and our thoughts are with those affected," Lidl UK said.

"We will, of course, support the authorities should they need our assistance in their investigations. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops over the course of the day."

A spokesman for the supermarket also confirmed that what seemed to be an insensitive tweet, purportedly sent out by Lidl UK's twitter account on Friday morning, was fake.

Twitter user @jesuiscanard appeared to retweet a Lidl UK tweet from 10:32am which read: "We are proud to officially have the strongest bags. Great value for just 10p."

The user went on to say that the comment was "Bit too soon, Lidl. Bit soon."

However, Lidl UK confirmed that the tweet was a hoax and a view of its official Twitter account showed no evidence of the purported tweet.

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