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Major probe into hub brawl begins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

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A MAJOR probe has been launched to get to the bottom of allegations of a ‘culture clash’ that caused a ‘mass brawl’ at the distribution hub of a DIY giant.

Bosses at logistics firm Wincanton revealed that it had started an internal investigation after an incident at the B&Q depot in Burton Road, Branston, on Wednesday evening saw one man taken to hospital and another arrested and later released without charge.

Staff at the site contacted the Mail to say that the site was a ‘tinder box waiting to explode’ and that it was a ‘war waiting to happen’.

Wincanton have taken these concerns on board and will take a closer look at the issues raised by employees as part of the investigation into the flare up.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We can confirm that two of our colleagues were involved in an incident late yesterday afternoon at the distribution centre on Burton Road, Branston.

“In line with our usual policies, we are currently undertaking our own internal investigation.

“With a 12 year history in Burton, we are a major employer in the area and have around 700 colleagues based at the site.”

Staffordshire Police were called to the site at around 6pm on Wednesday evening.

One man had to be rushed to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, in Belvedere Road, with his injuries and another was arrested and questioned by officers.

The 26-year-old male arrested on suspicion of an assault was later released with no further action.

It has now been confirmed that both parties will be making no further complaint.

The warehouse is one of B&Q’s major distribution hubs in the country.

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