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UPDATE: Police probe Early Bird pub disturbance and Tesco Grove Green closure

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Police are pursuing enquiries following alleged offences at the Tesco in Grove Green and the Early Bird public house nearby at the weekend.

The store shut at 10pm after a number of incidents in store, inlcuding the use of toilet facilities as a wet room and alleged thefts of good from the store.

Kent Police confirmed the case is open even though no arrests were made at the pub on Saturday evening. 

Officers arrived after the store had shut.

Locals reported caravans parked up in the car park near the staff entrance to the store at the weekend and, according to sources, flooded the toilets inside. Residents reported mess and waste in the area.

Police went to the popular Early Bird, located in the square next to Tesco and the nearby parade of shops.

A spokesman said: "We responded at 11.41pm on Saturday to a report that a group of people entered the pub and damaged a number of glasses.

"Officers attended and dispersed the group. There were no injuries."

An Early Bird staff member confirmed there has been trouble but the pub had reopened for business. The pub's manager was approached for a comment.

Tesco was approached for a comment but did not respond.

But a member of staff said: "They made a right nuisance of themselves - flooding the toilets and theiving stock from the store. They just arrived in the car park and made a total mess of it. There was filth everywhere."

Reports have emerged today that travellers have set up camp in the Medway Street car park in the town centre.