SCHOOLCHILDREN who are not accompanied by an adult have been banned from a Morrisons supermarket after fire was set in store last week causing an evacuation.

Police have arrested two youths in connection with the incident

Store management reported that the fire was set at the branch on Stanley Road, Whitefield at around 6pm on March 3.

As well as the evacuation, the fire brigade was called, and “significant” damage was done to the store.

A Morrisons statement said: “It is with regret that as from now, no schoolchildren will be allowed in our store unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian.

“This is because around yesterday a fire was caused in the store and caused the store to be evacuated and the fire brigade to come out.

"The fire caused significant damage to the store.”

Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed that they have made two arrests this Monday in connection with the fire.

This comes as part of a broader attempt to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area.

A police spokesperson said: “In accordance with the Chief Constable's pledge to prevent and reduce crime, harm and anti-social behaviour, two youths have been arrested following an incident which happened at Wm Morrisons store in Whitefield, this resulted with the store being evacuated, enquiries are ongoing.”