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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 10°C
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Scenes of panic in UK shopping centre after reports of man with machete
Some shoppers believed an altercation between two men was a terrorist attack.

THERE WERE SCENES of panic at a shopping centre in Bromley, London, earlier today after an altercation between two men involving knives.

Footage from The Glades shopping centre shows crowds of people running for the exits after reports of a man with a knife in one of the stores.

A police spokesperson said officers were called at 3.45pm to reports of an injured man in the shopping centre.

Police attended and found a man understood to be in his 20s with a minor head injury. It is believed he sustained these injuries in an altercation with another man. He was arrested for affray and possession of an offensive weapon and is being held at a south London station.

Images from the scene indicate the incident started in a shoe store which has since been cordoned off.

Two knives were recovered from the scene. Police are seeking to trace a man who ran from the scene, possibly discarding a weapon as he fled.

A video taken by Twitter user Humble Intellectual shows officers putting a large knife or machete into their van:

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Witness Ryan Louder described it as a “terrifying, horrible experience” seeing hundreds of people panicking and running out of the shopping centre, the Evening Standard reports.

“Staff freaking out, telling us to get into the back only to find the back had no exit and we were essentially sitting ducks to what we all thought was a terrorist attack.”

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