SHOCKED shoppers looked on in horror as a man slashed himself in a busy supermarket.
Pools of blood could be seen behind a cordon of police tape and trollies from the entrance of Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, to at least half-way up the store.
Police rushed to the supermarket just before 4pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of a man self-harming in the store.
When officers arrived the man was outside the store and police took him to James Cook University Hospital where he was treated for leg injuries.
Customers were not evacuated from the store and were allowed to carry on their shopping as Hartlepool CID officers carried out their investigations and took photographs of the blood-soaked floor.
One shocked shopper, who turned up at the supermarket shortly after the incident, said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“It was totally eerie, there was blood splattered all over the floor and police everywhere while people were walking round doing their shopping.
“Everyone was like me, totally shocked.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman told the Mail: “We were called at 3.54pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of a male who had self-harmed in Asda.
“Police didn’t arrest the man but transferred him straight to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for his own safety.”
A spokeswoman for Asda confirmed there had been an incident on Wednesday and said the store is supporting police with their investigations.