Sainsbury’s in Longbridge evacuated as people suffer breathing problems

Police are curently at the store

Emergency servcies are currently dealing with an incident at Sainsbury’s in Longbridge Lane, Longbridge.

Police were alerted at about 10am to reports that six people were suffering breathing problems.

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Officers attended and the store has been evacuated and people are also being cleared from other buildings in the area.

Sainsbury’s, Longbridge store, Birmingham.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service said people at the store were experiencing ‘respiratory problems’.

The patients were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Two people have been taken to hospital for further checks and several other people received assessment at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman, said: “Sainsburys and other nearby buildings were evacuated after several people inside the supermarket experienced respiratory problems.

“A total of seven patients were assessed by the ambulance service after displaying minor respiratory problems. Two women received treatment on scene before being conveyed by ambulance, in a stable condition, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further checks. The remaining five patients were later discharged on scene.

“A number of other people at the scene, who were described as ‘worried but well’, received advice from the team of ambulance staff.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which, together with the help from retail staff, saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police, said: “We have specialist officers working with colleagues across the emergency services to establish exactly what has happened.

“A cordon has been put in place and we’d advise people to stay away from the area.

“Anyone who has been in the area and is feeling unwell should seek medical advice as a precaution.”

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