Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

Tesco shoppers horrified after ‘f*** the Pope’ heard from tannoy

A foul-mouthed yob grabbed hold of the tannoy inside a Tesco store to blurt out "**** the Pope".

Shoppers were left shocked at the abusive message made at the supermarket in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday night.

The incident was reported to police as coming from a member of the public who gained access the shop's tannoy announcement equipment.

A Tesco spokesperson has said: “We are aware of an incident that took place at our superstore in Ballymena yesterday evening and have reported this to the police.

“We apologise to any customers who were in the store when it happened.”

A PSNI spokesman said it is being treated as a “hate incident”.

The statement said: “Police in Ballymena received a report of an incident at a shop on the Larne Link Road in Ballymena on Tuesday 13th October.

“It was reported that a male youth accessed the Tannoy system at around 10.20pm on Tuesday evening and shouted a sectarian comment.

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“Enquiries into the matter are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police in Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 643 14/10/20. “

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