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Tesco store in Rainham closed after Traveller’s anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 17:02 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:25 13 March 2018

Travellers have forced the closure of Tesco Extra in Rainham

Travellers have forced the closure of Tesco Extra in Rainham

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Police have advised the store to close, and have received reports of anti-social behaviour.

Travellers have forced the closure of Tesco Extra in RainhamTravellers have forced the closure of Tesco Extra in Rainham

Tesco in Rainham has closed after reports of anti-social behaviour when a group of Travellers set up camp in the store’s car park.

The store in Bridge Road was closed this afternoon (Tuesday, March 12) after reports of anti-social behaviour and staff were told to go home according to reports from residents.

A spokesman from the store said that after advice from the police the store that is usually open 24 hours will be closed until tomorrow (Wednesday, March 14).

Responding to a customer on Twitter they said: “We’ve been advised by police to close the store.

Tesco in Bridge Road, Rainham is closed. Photo: Google MapsTesco in Bridge Road, Rainham is closed. Photo: Google Maps

“Members of the travelling community have been staying in the car park and in the interest of our customers we’ve decided that the best course of action is to close the store.

“The store is due to re open tomorrow.

“Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you.”

A Tesco spokesman told the Recorder: “Due to incidents of anti-social behaviour, we have had to temporarily close our Rainham Extra store.

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

Councillor Jeff Tucker, representative of the Rainham and Wennington ward spoke to the Recorder and said that he wants to address the problem as soon as possible, and that there were about 20 caravans on the site.

He said: “It’s a big store, and it is where everyone in the village goes, it’s like the whole village has closed down.

“I want to address the problem as soon as possible and will be letting as many council officers as possible know about what has happened.

“I’ve been told that staff were told to go home this afternoon and that the store has been closed because of the travellers.”

A Recorder photographer is currently on his way to the scene so please keep checking back for further updates.

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