Stokes Croft Tesco future to be discussed at meeting

Damaged Tesco store
Image caption The Tesco Express store in Stokes Croft was damaged in protests on Thursday night

A meeting is to be held to decide whether a controversial Tesco store damaged during disorder in Bristol will reopen, police have said.

The Tesco Express store in Stokes Croft had its windows smashed during protests that broke out on Thursday night.

The violence happened after police raided a property occupied by squatters opposite the shop.

Police said Tesco would meet with the force and Bristol City Council to decide on the future of the store.

The meeting is due to take place on Tuesday, the force spokesman said.

The store was looted after the windows were broken during the disturbance.

'Running battles'

Avon and Somerset Police said the squat was raided because they feared the newly-opened Tesco Express store was to be petrol bombed.

Protesters had set up camp outside the shop since its opening on 15 April.

Eyewitnesses said police fought running battles with hundreds of protesters on Thursday night and the early hours of Friday.

Nine people were arrested and four appeared in court on Saturday, on various charges.

In March 2010 bailiffs evicted nine squatters occupying the building on the Cheltenham Road where the Tesco Express store was eventually built.

People living in the area who have opposed the store said they did not want the place to lose its local character and feared smaller shops would be threatened.

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