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£2.5k of booze destroyed in random Brighton Asda aisle attack
A man threw thousands of pounds worth of bottles of alcohol at shoppers and staff in a frenzied and unprovoked supermarket attack.
The bizarre incident, in which £2,500 worth of alcohol was destroyed, led to Asda in Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, being evacuated.
The man flung bottles from both ends of an aisle as horrified shoppers watched.
One witness said a younger man tried to stop the bottle-thrower by flinging a bottle at him “like a German hand grenade”.
But the would-be hero tripped on spilt alcohol and fell over himself.
Police and paramedics were called to the incident at 10.10pm on Monday.
You don’t expect this kind of thing on a Monday.Asda staff member
Supermarket manager Darren Evans said it was the first time he had known something like this happen at a supermarket in Brighton.
He recalled how staff heard a smashing noise in the alcohol aisle and initially thought someone had accidentally dropped a bottle.
He said: “He just came in and went straight to that aisle. Out of the blue he started smashing bottles.
“He smashed bottles of wine and lager. He started throwing them at staff and customers who tried to apprehend him.
“We evacuated the supermarket and called the police.”
Mr Evans said he had no idea what led to the man smashing the bottles.
Another member of staff said: “Most of the aisle of alcohol is destroyed. You don’t expect this kind of thing on a Monday.”
A 45-year-old Brighton man who was doing his shopping at the time said: “I was in the supermarket. There were about 30 or 40 customers in the supermarket and about 30 staff.
“I heard bottles dropping and moved to the end of my aisle to have a look and other people were doing the same. This guy had started throwing bottles around both corners of the aisle.
“It clearly had to be contained quite quickly.”
A Sussex Police spokeswoman yesterday said: “A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray after allegedly smashing bottles of drink in the Asda store.
“The man remains in police custody awaiting questioning.”