Horrified shoppers saw a man take a knife from a shelf and cut his own throat in a UK supermarket today.
The Tesco store in Slough, Berkshire, was busy with Christmas shoppers when the man, in his 30s, broke open a security seal on a blade and cut himself.
First aiders who work at the Wellington Street store, which is open 24 hours, went to help the man before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.
Staff at Tesco initially thought the man had died but his injuries are now not thought to be life threatening. He is being treated in hospital.
Shocked customers and staff who witnessed the incident, at 9.54am, were offered help as the scene was cordoned off.
A Tesco spokesman praised the first aiders who attended to the man, adding: “They have now gone home, and we’re making sure they have help if they need any form of counselling.
“They usually only have to deal with someone who has slipped on a grape, and aren’t used to dealing with something of this severity.”
The store remained open on the advice of police, who have launched an investigation .
A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said the prompt action of paramedics saved the man’s life.
She said: “An Asian man in his thirties sustained a serious cut to his throat.
“He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.”
The man has no connection to Tesco and no one else in the store was directly involved, she added.
The Tesco spokesman said: “We are co-operating with the police in any way we can.
“The store is in something of a state of shock at the moment, and we’re doing anything we can to support staff and customers who witnessed this distressing incident.”