Sainsbury’s evacuated as six shoppers ‘collapse struggling to breathe’ in aisles

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Six people have 'collapsed' at a Sainsbury's in Longbridge, West Midlands this morning (May 20) after they 'struggled to breathe.'

The frightening incident is ongoing at a branch in the area and West Midlands Police are on the scene.

Emergency services were called to the superstore in Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, at around 10am this morning (Fri).

The supermarket was evacuated and people were cleared from other buildings in the area while paramedics treated six people at the scene.

The store remains closed and people have been told to avoid getting close to the store – a 50 metre cordon has been set up in the area to make sure locals remain at a safe distance.

The West Midlands Ambulance service has confirmed that six people have been treated at the scene for "minor respiratory symptoms".

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We’re currently in attendance at an incident at Sainsburys in Longbridge Lane, Longbridge following a call at 9.53am.

"A number of ambulances and specialist resources are on scene treating six patients who were feeling unwell with minor respiratory problems.

"The public are advised to avoid the area whilst emergency services deal with the incident.

Longbridge Shopping posted on social media site Facebook: ‘To make customers aware the main high street off Longbridge Lane is closed. Entry and exit to Longbridge is via Dalmuir road.’

Sainbury's has yet to comment on the mysterious incident, but locals at the scene have spotted that the huge police and ambulance presence – and the 50 metre cordon – was still there at least three hours after the incident was first reported in the media.

The Daily Star has approached Sainsbury's and West Midlands Police for comment.

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