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Cop hurt, teens charged after bizarre incident at London grocery store

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Three London teenagers are charged following a bizarre incident in which police say youths threw groceries at customers, fired a cap gun in the air and assaulted an employee at a west-end grocery store.

The incident – which also included the youths yelling profanities and stealing groceries – happened at the Real Canadian Superstore located at Hyde Park Road and Oxford Street just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

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Police say they arrested two people outside the store, while a third was arrested a short distance away.

An imitation firearm, a cap gun, and stolen items were seized by police. One officer suffered minor injuries, police said, and needed medical attention as a result of the arrest of the fleeing suspect, police said.

Three teenagers, who are ages 17, 15 and 14, are jointly charged with causing a disturbance. Their names are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The 17-year-old youth additionally is charged with one count of possessing property obtained by crime worth less than $5,000.

The 15-year-old youth also is charged with theft valued at less than $5,000 and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

The 14-year-old youth is charged with assault and assault with an imitation weapon.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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