Six people treated after shoplifters spray “unknown substance” at Northfield supermarket staff


Six people – including two children – were treated after shoplifters sprayed an unknown substance at Northfield supermarket staff this afternoon (Wednesday 4th September).

West Midlands Police confirmed that two people who were attempting to steal items at the Co-operative store in West Heath Road. When challenged by two staff members, the shoplifters sprayed a substance at them.

A police spokesperson said the substance was thought to be non-corrosive.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had treated six patients in total – including two children. Police confirmed that none were seriously injured.

A WMAS spokeswoman said that they were called to the Cooperative store in West Heath Road at just before 2.25pm to reports that three people had been: “sprayed with an unknown substance”.

The service sent Hazardous Area Response Team Paramedics, two paramedic officers & an ambulance to the scene.

West Midlands Fire Service sent 2 fire engines and 9 firefighters to the scene after being alerted by the ambulance service at 2.41pm.

A spokesman said that the store had been evacuated and the car park cordoned off. A fire service substance identification officer had been called to the scene.

The cordon was lifted on the car park at around 4.15pm but the store currently remains closed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on Live Chat at (8am – midnight) or to call 101 any time. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit Please quote log number 1366 of 4 September


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