Police were on high alert in Stockwell yesterday as supermarket chain Lidl opened its new south London storage depot. As the first deliveries began arriving, armed officers and security guards began roving 24 hour patrols of the heavily fortified premises, which is ringed in razor wire and adorned with numerous CCTV and infrared cameras. The depot will house thousands of tonnes of stock to supply Lidl stores throughout the area.
"Obviously it's a risk to store this quantity of multi-pack snacks and obscure branded toiletries all in one place" said the newly appointed Head of Security at the depot, whose 40 man team will guard the new warehouse round the clock; "We've already had intelligence that a criminal gang may be planning a raid on the Panda Cola, and we're keeping the party packs of Disco Crisps in an ultra secure underground cell."
The Chief Superintentent charged with overseeing the police operation surrounding the depot commented - "My main concern is getting the massive boxes of foreign washing powder safely inside - once they are secured things will scale down a bit".
Lidl has operated a tight security regime since robbers pulled off a daring night-time raid on a store in Wolverhampton in 2005, filling two large lorries with goods estimated to be worth in excess of £25.