POLICE were called to Croydon Village Outlet after another concession left the troubled department store. Officers were asked to intervene following an incident involving managers and suppliers of bakery Le Perron, which had a stall inside Greenhill, the store's food hall. Witnesses reported a man trying to remove some of the concessions fixtures and fittings during the incident last Thursday. He was then prevented from leaving the store by a member of staff who pulled the shutters down. A spokesman for Greenhill, the company which runs the eating concourse, said: "The police came into the store looking for the owner of the van that had been parked illegally outside the store, causing congestion. "The van's owners - suppliers of Le Perron - were also apprehended by a staff member, who saw them attempting to remove fixtures and equipment from the store from a side exit without our permission. "The staff member pulled down the shutters on one side exit to prevent the equipment from being removed and the police were asked to intervene." The spokesman added that the owners of Greenhill had been led to believe that Le Perron had "ceased its trading operations in the UK". Le Perron has not responded to the Advertiser's request for a comment. A Met spokesman said police were called to Croydon Village Outlet at 10.20am. He added: "After speaking to the parties involved, officers advised that it was a civil matter and left." Le Perron is the latest in a number of concessions which have left the department store and food hall since it opened in September. Last month Marco Cash, chief executive of Metro Outlet Croydon, said he had "booted out" around 12 concessions because they weren't performing. The Advertiser understands a large proportion of staff were not paid in full at the end of October, an allegation Mr Cash denies. The store also endured a torrid opening day, closing after an hour due to a fault with the tills. It remained closed the following day. Shoppers have complained about the lack of advertised designer brands and, by Mr Cash's own admission, business has not been as good as he had expected. Morale among staff on the shop floor was described to the Advertiser by several workers this week as "appalling".
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