Armed Police scrambled to a Sainsbury’s Supermarket today after reports of a loud explosion at the store.
The entire store was placed on lockdown and the surrounding streets closed, Police later confirmed that there was a fire within the customer toilets and a man was seen running with a knife.
Police confirmed that an incident had taken place at Sainsbury’s in Blackheath on Saturday 27th May.
Armed officers responded after the man was seen running from the store in possession of a knife. He was located and arrested nearby.
A large number of ambulances were placed on standby nearby in response the incident, it was quickly established that it was not terror related.
The store was evacuated and road closures were put in place while forensic investigators conducted enquiries.
Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Paul Minor said: “The store remains closed while we examine the scene and assess the cause of the fire.
“The man in custody and his motives remain unclear however, we do not believe this to be related to any terror threat.”
No members of the public were injured during the incident and road closures remain in place at Halesowen Street, John Street and Union Street.