Saturday 20 January 2018

Teenager to appear in court over Boxing Day 'machete' row

A video posted on Twitter shows shoppers fleeing as a man can be heard saying
A video posted on Twitter shows shoppers fleeing as a man can be heard saying "everyone is running in Bromley you know". See PA story POLICE Knife. Photo credit should read: @keefmoon/PA Wire

Kate Ferguson and Jamie McKinnell

A teenage boy has been charged over a Boxing Day row between youths that allegedly involved a machete and sent shoppers running for their lives.

The 16-year-old was arrested at the Intu shopping centre, formerly The Glades, in Bromley, south-east London, after the fight sparked rumours that a gunman was on the loose.

Armed police attended the scene about 3.45pm on Saturday and found the boy with a head injury. Two knives were also discovered in the area.

The teenager was charged with common assault, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon and was remanded in custody to appear before Bromley Magistrates' Court this morning.

A second teenager, also 16, was arrested at his home in Lewisham, London, on suspicion of affray.

Boxing Day shoppers told how they ran "for their lives" after a group of youths began to argue in a shoe shop.

A video posted on Twitter showed shoppers, including families, screaming and running out of the centre.

Keith Moon, 35, an app developer, was out shopping with his wife when he suddenly saw people running in a "chaotic" scene.

He later saw a male youth in handcuffs and bleeding from the head being led away by police, who were carrying a 2ft-long machete.

Metropolitan Police earlier said: "Detectives are seeking to trace a number of youths who ran off from the scene shortly after the incident."

Eyewitnesses on Twitter described scenes of "panic".

Nelson Adeosun, 27, who works in television, said: "It was really busy because of the Boxing Day sales and there was a mass exodus of people on the ground floor. They were shouting and running.

Mr Adeosun, who was out shopping with his brother, said he feared for his life as he ran out of the building.

He said: "People were running, some with children, and they were dropping stuff. It was a stampede."

Press Association

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