UPDATE: ‘Noxious substance’ incident at Kettering retail park

Two people have been taken to hospital after an incident at Currys in Northfield Avenue this afternoon.

The ambulance, police and fire service attended the scene at about 3.30pm following a 999 call.

People could be seen in blankets outside the store

People could be seen in blankets outside the store

It was reported that customers had come into contact with a noxious substance. This was said by some witnesses to be pepper spray although that has not been confirmed by the authorities.

Two people were taken to Kettering General Hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure.

It is not thought at this time that there are any life-threatening injuries.

Several members of the public could be seen with blankets around their shoulders outside the store at 5pm, and large bottles of a clear substance had been poured on the ground outside the store.

Details are taken from witnesses at the store

Details are taken from witnesses at the store

Initially the incident was being treated as a major incident but it has now been downgraded.

One person who witnessed the emergency response said: “There was a cordon across the whole car park. I’ve never seen so many hi-vis vests in one place.”

The area was taped off while customers were treated but the wider cordon has now been lifted.

An East Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 3.44pm on 15 February from our colleagues in the police force requesting medical assistance at a commercial premises in Belgrave Retail Park in Kettering.

The incident was classed as major

The incident was classed as major

”We sent two paramedics in ambulance cars and two crewed ambulances. Two patients were taken to Kettering General Hospital.”

Casualties were taken to KGH

Casualties were taken to KGH

The scene of the incident

The scene of the incident

The emergency services at the scene this afternoon

The emergency services at the scene this afternoon