Willesden shoppers put at risk

Tesco manager accused of ignoring death threat to customers plasterer claims

TESCO has been accused of putting peoples’ lives at risk after large slabs of plaster were seen hanging precariously above its shoppers.

John Antony, a plasterer from Kilburn, said he warned the manager of the store, in Willesden Lane, Willesden, three times in the past week yet still nothing had been done.

Shoppers and passers-by below were oblivious to the potential catastrophe looming 10m above.

Mr Antony said: “The manager said I’ve told management and it’s in their hands but it’s an emergency and it needs to be dealt with straight away. I’ve told the manager three times and warned them it could kill someone.”

Mr Antony said the potential death-trap was down to shoddy workmanship.

A Tesco spokesman said the building was leased and the landlord, CJ O’Shea Company, had now been contacted and corrective work started.

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Rory O’Connor, managing director at CJ O’Shea Company, said: “We are putting up scaffolding today (Tuesday, December 21) and have cordoned off the area. We only heard about it last night. We don’t know what caused it, probably the weather.”