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Police break up ‘numerous large scale fights’ at South Shore Plaza

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

By Globe Staff 

Police officers from several communities were called to break up fights at the South Shore Plaza on Tuesday night.

Braintree police wrote on Facebook that they had received mutual aid from the State Police, Weymouth police, and Quincy police as “we dealt with numerous large scale fights resulting in a few arrests” at the shopping mall on Granite Street.

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Braintree police did not specify how many arrests were made or the identities or ages of the suspects.

“The mall closed at normal hours and there were no serious injuries,” police wrote. “We want to thank our neighboring departments for their assistance and squash any internet rumors that are starting to pop up regarding tonight’s incidents.”

It’s unclear what caused the commotion, and police didn’t immediately return messages seeking more details.

Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said State Police were called around 8:10 p.m. to respond to a disturbance in the food court and to assist with dispersing crowds and “numerous physical altercations between various parties departing the mall.”

“There was a large crowd of shoppers at the mall,” Procopio said in an e-mail. “We sent numerous patrols, a patrol supervisor, and K-9 units to assist.”

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Procopio said that by 8:45 p.m., the fighting had ceased and officers and troopers continued to maintain a presence at the exits of the mall.

Procopio said the mall closed at 9 p.m. and all customers left by 9:25 p.m., at which point State Police left the scene.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com
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