Tesco reopens Bristol ‘riot’ store

May 24, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A controversial Tesco Express store that sparked two nights of bloody rioting has been re-opened to the public.

Tesco reopens Bristol 'riot' store

The shop, in the bohemian Stokes Croft area of Bristol, was closed down a week after it first opened its doors on April 15 after protestors trashed it.

But hundreds stormed the store on April 21 following a police raid on a nearby squat, after fears the shop was about to be petrol bombed.

Rioting broke out between the protestors and riot police and scores were injured.

One week later, on April 28, more running street battles saw rioters hurl concrete slabs at cops and light fires in the street after a peaceful protest turned violent.

More than 40 arrests were made and five more police officers injured.

Police, council representatives and a Tesco spokesperson answered questions at a meeting with residents to discuss the disturbances on Monday night.

Tesco reopens Bristol 'riot' store

The Tesco spokesperson told the meeting that the Stokes Croft store was ready to open.

Shoppers were finally let back into the store this morning – as security guards kept watch for troublemakers.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed it was liaising with the local community, to ensure the safety of people living in Stokes Croft.

It would not comment on whether extra patrols were in operation.

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