Woolworths: Supermarket removes knives and scissors from shelves after attack on Barkly Square, Brunswick

EXCLUSIVE: Woolworths is removing knives and scissors from shelves at ALL of its stores across Australia after stabbing Melbourne’s gruesome supermarket

  • Woolworths has temporarily removed knives and scissors from shelves nationwide
  • The move follows an alleged knife attack at one of its Melbourne stores
  • Two men were injured in Monday’s incident in Barkly Square, Brunswick
  • “We are undertaking a risk assessment on the security controls of our stores,” said Woolies










Supermarket giant Woolworths has confirmed it is temporarily withdrawing the sale of knives and scissors from its stores following a horrific random attack on one of its supermarkets in Melbourne.

The incident shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday morning saw police use non-lethal force to restrain a man after he allegedly attacked a shopper and a security guard at a Woolworths shopping center in Barkly Square on Sydney Road, Brunswick .

It is understood that the man attempted to cut his fingers off after the seemingly random attack.

A sign advising buyers of the temporary removal of knives and scissors from sale at Woolworths in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. “We are undertaking a risk assessment on our store security controls before determining our next step,” said Woolworths

A policeman stands guard at Barkly Square shopping center in Brunswick, Melbourne, after the alleged attacks on a shopper and a security guard on Monday

A policeman stands guard at Barkly Square shopping center in Brunswick, Melbourne, after the alleged attacks on a shopper and a security guard on Monday

Yesterday signs began appearing in some Woolworths stores informing shoppers that the knives and scissors had been temporarily withdrawn from sale.

A buyer of Mudgeeraba Woolworths on the Gold Coast was told by staff that the sign was in response to the Melbourne attack.

Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that he had removed the items from sale until he reviewed the safety of the story after the incident at the Melbourne supermarket.

“The safety and well-being of our team and our customers is our top priority,” said a spokesperson.

“Following a distressing incident at one of our Victorian stores, we took the precautionary measure of temporarily removing knives and scissors from sale across the country.

“We are undertaking a risk assessment of our store security controls before determining our next step.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the understanding of our customers at this time.”

Woolworths sells a range of kitchen knives and scissors in stores, including the Wiltshire Trinity knife.

Witnesses at the scene in Melbourne on Monday described the man verbally assaulting random buyers before attacking a man, in his 60s, with a knife as he waited in a queue.

A security guard who rescued the man was also stabbed before police converged on the busy shopping center.

Kitchen knives available at Woolworths, pictured on the supermarket giant's website

Kitchen knives available at Woolworths, pictured on the supermarket giant’s website

Customer Suzanne Stewart (pictured_ told media she saw a man 'covered in blood' walk out of the store. 'I was scared, I was petrified,' Ms Stewart said

Customer Suzanne Stewart (pictured_ told media she saw a man ‘covered in blood’ walk out of the store. ‘I was scared, I was petrified,’ Ms Stewart said

Customer Suzanne Stewart told media she saw a man “covered in blood” walk out of the store.

“I was scared, I was petrified,” Ms. Stewart said.

“I just wanted to get away from there. I don’t know what would have happened if this security guard… hadn’t intervened.

A Woolworths spokesperson said Barkly Square supermarket will remain closed until further notice during the police investigation.

A 20-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health check-up.

He had been charged in connection with the incident.


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