Charges dropped on couple arrested at Tesco after row over water

A couple who were arrested following a row in Tesco over bottled water have had their charges of assault dropped.

Nasir and Mahira Hussain, of Oldham, were arrested and charged with assault following the row at the supermarket in Rochdale on 29 October.

They had been trying to buy a trolley-load of mineral water when they were refused by staff.

Mrs Hussain initially started to film the row before police became involved. Their arrest was then caught on camera, despite officers telling them not to film.

The couple have since had the charges against them dropped at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court. Greater Manchester Police also confirmed the Independent office for Police Conduct was reviewing the incident.

In the footage filmed by Mrs Hussain, Mr Hussain can be seen rowing with a Tesco employee before a police officer approaches.

He tells the camera: ‘So, we’re in Tesco, Rochdale, and for some reason they’ve got a different policy to every other Tesco up and down the country.

‘Every other Tesco we managed to get these Volvic bottles, as many as we want.’

‘We’re not retailers, we’re not wholesalers, we just want them for our home but unfortunately in this Tesco we’ve been told that we’re only allowed ten bottles each.’

A security guard then steps in and asks them to stop filming, telling them it is forbidden on private property. The woman responds, saying: ‘At the end of the day, we just wanna buy the water. We buy it in every store.’

Mrs Hussain is then hauled to the floor herself and arrested after allegedly trying to intervene while a Tesco employee blocks the camera.

A police officer approaches, asking what the problem is and tells them to stop filming, which they do, but then resume filming moments later. The exchange then escalates as the officer grabs Mr Hussain and arrests him and his wife.

Watch the full video above of the incident.

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Photo Credit: Fine Witness

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