SHOPPERS AND TRADERS AT LEICESTER MARKET PRAISED AFTER HELPING TO CATCH IPAD THIEF SUSPECT
A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing an iPad from a woman in the city.
The man was arrested in Leicester Market at around 3pm on Tuesday, and later charged with theft from person.
The man had allegedly stolen an iPad from a woman in nearby Horsefair Street.
He then ran through the market, chased by a passer-by.
Rob Manlew, senior market officer, who was on the scene as it happened, said: "A man shouted to 'stop that guy', and chased the alleged thief while he was running through the food stalls. That's when we noticed that something was wrong and rushed to help. Through walkie-talkie radios I was able to contact the other officers and they called the police."
After a brief tussle with his chaser, the man was pinned to the floor in the middle of the market by Mr Manlew and market traders. A trader, who did not want to be named, said an iPad was apparently thrown to the ground at some point during the chase. Paramedics from an ambulance which had been called to the market shortly before the chase to assist a woman who had fallen also attended the man, said Mr Manlew. He added: "We are grateful for the help of the public and traders, and for the quick response from the police. They were there within a few minutes."
A police spokesperson said a 19-year-old man is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court next month (April) in connection with the incident.
Souce: Leicester Mercury