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Tesco staff member hospitalised after incident with travellers in Romford store car park

PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 September 2017

Travellers have set up camp in the car park at Gallows Corner Tesco. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Travellers have set up camp in the car park at Gallows Corner Tesco. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Ellie Hoskins

A supermarket staff member was hospitalised after an incident involving travellers who had set up camp in the Gallows Corner store’s car park.

Tesco has confirmed it is supporting a colleague who was injured as a result of the traveller incursion at the chain’s Romford superstore.

The man, believed to be a security guard, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain told the Recorder: “We have been dealing with instances of anti-social behaviour in our Romford Extra store and vehicles on our land without the right to be there, resulting in the temporary closure of the store.

“We are actively working with the police to try and resolve the situation as soon as possible and would like to apologise for any inconvenience to our customers.”

The travellers, who set up camp at the store on Monday morning, moved on earlier today.

The supermarket is planning to reopen this afternoon.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed paramedics were called to Gallows Corner at 1.10pm yesterday to reports of an incident.

She said: “We sent an ambulance crew to the scene which arrived in less than seven minutes.

“We treated a patient at the scene and took them to hospital.”

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