Second teenager to appear in court following Boxing Day chaos at Intu Shopping Centre
PUBLISHED: 09:50 29 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 29 December 2015
An incident on Boxing Day saw shoppers running for their lives
A teenage boy will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today alleged to be in connection with an incident that sent shoppers running for their lives at Bromley’s Intu Shopping Centre.
The 16-year-old was charged on Monday with violent disorder, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault by beating.
He will be the second teenage boy to appear in court after another 16-year-old, who also cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Bromley Youth Court on Monday, admitted possessing a machete and was given bail until January 5.
He also faces accusations of common assault and violent disorder but these have not yet been put to him.
District Judge Dennis Lynch said he felt able to grant bail with stringent conditions.
These were that he stays at a specific address and is indoors there from 7pm to 7am, and only leaves the address in the immediate presence of his grandmother, mother, father, aunt, or a youth offending team official.
He was also ordered to keep out of Bromley town centre, except to return to the court on January 5, and his family had to deposit a cash security of £500.
Boxing Day shoppers told how they ran “for their lives” after a group of youths began to argue in a shoe shop.
A video posted on Twitter showed people, including families, screaming and running out of the centre.
Keith Moon, 35, an app developer, was out shopping with his wife when he suddenly saw people running in a “chaotic” scene.
He later saw a male youth in handcuffs and bleeding from the head being led away by police, who were carrying a 2ft (61cm) machete.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said earlier: “Detectives are seeking to trace a number of youths who ran off from the scene shortly after the incident.”
Eyewitnesses on Twitter described scenes of “panic”.
Nelson Adeosun, 27, who works in television, said: “It was really busy because of the Boxing Day sales and there was a mass exodus of people on the ground floor. They were shouting and running.”
Mr Adeosun, who was out shopping with his brother, said he feared for his life as he ran out of the building.
He said: “People were running, some with children, and they were dropping stuff. It was a stampede.”