Woman and teenage girl arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 08:48 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 05 December 2018

A woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

A woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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A woman and a teenage girl were detained by members of the public and arrested by officers on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots in Saffron Walden yesterday (December 4).

A woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYA woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Police were called shortly after 11.20am with reports of shoplifting from Boots in Emson Close, Saffron Walden.

“A woman and a teenage girl were detained by members of the public and were arrested by officers on suspicion of shoplifting,” a spokesman for Essex Police said.

A 16-year-old girl from Ilford was arrested on suspicion of theft and assault. A 25-year-old woman of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Both the woman and teenage girl remain in custody for questioning.

A second suspect is held as the manager of Boots, who gave chase, and workers from Emson Close fill in the details to the police. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYA second suspect is held as the manager of Boots, who gave chase, and workers from Emson Close fill in the details to the police. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Paul Palmer was one of the members of the public to detain the pair.

He was unloading a delivery at his shop in The Cockpit, The Other One, when he thought he saw two women and a man messing around.

He soon realised what was going on and as he approached, the women ran. The man, believed to be the manager at Boots in Market Square, detained one of the women.

Mr Palmer managed to detain the other woman until police arrived 10 minutes later, but he said she was spitting at him and scratching at his hands.

Police take over from a member of the public who had made a citizens arrest on the suspect. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYPolice take over from a member of the public who had made a citizens arrest on the suspect. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

“She was spitting in my face and shouting at me to let her go and wouldn’t stop struggling,” Mr Palmer said. “She was lashing out. The police arrived after about 10 minutes so I was struggling to keep hold of her for that long. There were about 30 people standing around, some filming. It wasn’t your average day.”

The suspect is restrained. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYThe suspect is restrained. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

A woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYA woman and a teenage girl were arrested in Saffron Walden on suspicion of shoplifting from Boots. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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