Shocking footage of an 'MMA-style' mass brawl has emerged as staff lunged at two suspected thieves inside a Tesco store.
The violent scene happened at the superstore in Aston, Birmingham, at around 3.40pm on Sunday (January 9) when a pair of suspected shoplifters tried to steal booze.
In the dramatic clip shared on social media, a Tesco worker swings at one of the suspects as he pleads: "Don't hit me, I've got nothing to do with it."
The staff then runs over to another person being grappled by his colleague and aggressively delivers several heavy "MMA-style" elbows to his back.
The person filming the footage can be heard saying: "It's getting silly in here. It's all mad. He's mashing him up here. Oh s***."
Meanwhile, an elderly woman can be seen walking into the shot and casually continuing her shopping as the violence breaks out around her.
One witness, who did not want to be named, said the brawl broke out after security guards stopped the pair.
They said: "It all got a bit crazy and one of the security guards appeared to be very heavy-handed.
"His colleagues had to pull him off at one point. I'm not sure his bosses are going to be very happy as he clearly lost his temper but I think he got a whack in the face himself.
"At one point one of the fellas tried to bite him as well so you can understand him losing his rag a little but it was still pretty unprofessional of him to react as he did."
West Midlands Police were called to the scene after a Tesco staff member was punched in the face.
The security guard involved is now subject to an internal investigation and is not currently working at the store.
A police spokeswoman said: "We are investigating reports of an assault at Tesco in Aston at 3.40pm on Sunday (9 January).
"We understand there was a fight between security staff and a suspected thief, during which a staff member was punched in the face.
"As part of our investigation, we’ll be speaking to witnesses and reviewing CCTV. We’ll also review videos that we know have been posted online."
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are aware of this incident and are assisting the police with their enquiries."
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