A man has been arrested after video footage apparently showing an attack on a suspected shoplifter in a Newham branch of Costcutter went viral.
The video, that has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube, seems to show a shop worker accusing a man of putting items into his bag.
The worker at the convenience store, thought to be in East Ham, is then seen in the mobile phone clip slapping the suspected shoplifter about the head while swearing at him.
He is heard to say: “If you steal from this shop again you’ll get slapped up again. Learn from it bruv.”
WARNING: There is very strong language in the video below which some people may find offensive
Police say they were “made aware” of the footage being viewed online.
A Met Police statement said: “Following initial inquiries police have arrested a man in his early 20s on suspicion of common assault.
“He was taken to an east London police station where he remains at this time.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
In a statement, Costcutter said one of the store owner’s relatives – who was not an employee – “took matters into his own hands when the owner was absent”.
“We fully appreciate the level of concern people are expressing which we share.
“We want to make it absolutely clear that we find the events within this video totally unacceptable and there is absolutely no place for it within our business.
“Having investigated the events leading up to and after the incident, we have decided to end our franchise relationship with the store owner and therefore, effective immediately, this store will no longer be part of the Costcutter brand and network.” “With regards the incident itself, we continue to work closely with the police to assist their investigations.”
Mr Khademi is set to appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.