Man slits own throat and dies in store

Man slits own throat and dies in store
Published: 2016 February 15 20:43:43 (4904 Views)
A man has died after walking into a Boots store and slitting his throat in front of horrified shoppers.

Paramedics rushed to the branch but the 50-year-old could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident occurred shortly after the Boots store in Newcastle-under-Lyme opened at 9am yesterday.

Shoppers who witnessed the terrifying incident say the man had wandered into the store demanding methadone but was refused the drug.

The man, who was from Stoke-on-Trent, then slit his own throat.

One woman said: 'A woman came running out of the store screaming and carrying a little baby. She was shouting 'he's just done it in front of me'.

'When the police arrived, they swarmed straight around the store and went inside. Someone came outside and told us a man had come in asking for methadone but was not allowed to have the drug.'



Police cordoned off the High Street store following the incident but it has since reopened.

Another shopper, Mark Abbot, who lives nearby, said: 'The police moved in so fast. The police officers took control of the situation and stopped people from going inside.

'At that point I didn't know what had happened, so it was a shock to see so much activity taking place. I was then told a man had cut his own throat.

'I feel so sorry for the man's family and the poor staff and customers who must have witnessed it. They must be traumatised to see that happen in front of them.'

A Boots UK spokesman said: 'We can regretfully confirm an incident happened in our Newcastle store in which a man died.

'Our priority is to support our colleagues and work with the police to aid their investigation. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.'

Police said the man's death is not being treated as suspicious.



Source - Metro

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