Man who ‘tried to jump Asda queue and ignored two metre rule’ is arrested

A man who allegedly tried to jump a queue at Asda before ignoring the two metre spacing rule has been arrested.

The unnamed man was in the Trafford Park supermarket when staff had to step in when he wasn't adhering to the rules set out by the Government to keep us safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Security staff were forced to take control of the situation after the man became abusive and threatening, and police were called, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Police in Trafford shared details of the arrest on social media, and say the man was detained for a public order offence.

Following the incident that happened on Friday Asda has since asked customers to treat staff and other shoppers with respect.

An Asda Spokesperson said: "Our colleagues are doing everything possible to try and support customers during this time – but we need our customers to treat each other, and our team with respect.

"Under no circumstances do we tolerate violence towards colleagues or customers in our stores and we will work with the authorities where necessary.”

Greater Manchester Police Stretford tweeted: "A male has been arrested for a public order offence today at @asda Trafford Park.

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"He tried to jump the queue to pay for his items, ignoring the 2 metre rule, and when challenged by security became abusive and threatening."

To help protect it's staff during the coronavirus crisis Asda have announced a series of new measures which help keep staff and customers safe.

It has been installing Perspex screens at its checkouts, pharmacies and service desks.

And markers will be placed on the floor in stores so that shoppers know how far apart they need to be.

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