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Worcestershire off-duty officer thanks public that helped him detain would-be shoplifter

Worcestershire Police want to thank members of the public that swooped in to help an off-duty officer with detaining a would-be shoplifter at around 12noon yesterday (Wednesday 19 December).

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After a short chase on foot along St Swithin's Street and Mealchepen Street by off-duty officer Rowan Boyle, members of the public responded to Boyles shouts to 'detain that man' and helped to restrain the man on the floor until the off-duty officer made the arrest and on-duty officers escorted the man to custody.

Worcestershire Police Officer Rowan Boyle, who was the off-duty officer involved in the foot chase, said: "I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the members of the public that helped detain a would-be shoplifter, and the support that you showed the police on and off duty yesterday."

He continued: "We as officers really appreciate the publics support, we do our job to keep our communities safe and should the members of the public not have stepped in when they did to help me there is a possibility that the suspect would of evaded justice.

"I appreciate the level of bravery it takes to intervene in something which is unfolding in front of your eyes, and wanted to let the public know that the man was arrested and charged with shoplifting and obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duties."

Matthew Cushing, aged 39, of Teme Road, Worcester was arrested and charged with theft from a shop and obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duties.

 

Issued: Thursday 20 December, 2pm, MC, Corporate Communications

 

Published 20/12/18