Shoppers ‘shaken up’ as police rush to Hastings town centre shop
Shoppers were given a fright when police pursued a suspect to the Marks and Spencer shop in the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.
A police spokesman said officers were conducting a welfare check at a property in St Andrews Square, Hastings, on Wednesday afternoon (December 18) when they spotted two men acting suspiciously.
The pair, a 22 and a 33-year-old man, ran away from officers but they were pursued and detained – one in a shop in Priory Meadow and the second in a shop in Queens Road – under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, police said.
A person search was conducted and a small quantity of drugs seized, according to police.
One customer, who was in the shop with her 14-year-old son at the time, said officers rushed into the store shouting ‘get down, get down I’ve got a Taser’.
She said: “Sheer panic and horror filled me with dread and I froze. I was pretty shaken up.”
Both men detained by officers are due to attend a voluntary interview, police said.
A spokesman for Marks and Spencer said it was a police matter unrelated to the shop and could not comment further.