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Police called to Tesco after security guard injured 'stopping shoplifter'

POLICE were called to a busy Tesco store after a security guard was reportedly assaulted as they tried to stop a suspected shoplifter.

The drama unfolded at the branch in Church Langley, Harlow, Essex, on Monday, August 21 2023 at about 4:50pm.

Two police cars were seen on blue lights outside the store with officers inside, while one viewed CCTV at the security stand.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We responded to reports of a disturbance at a Tesco store in Church Langley Way, Harlow, shortly before 4.50pm on Monday 21 August.

“It was reported a security guard was assaulted while attempting to stop a person they suspected was shoplifting.

“The victim suffered injuries to his arm and declined further treatment.

“Alcohol worth a three-figure sum was taken from the store.

“We are continuing to investigate this incident and need anyone with information to come forward.

“Anyone with information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

“Please quote incident 981 of 21 August.

“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

“Visit to find out more about our website reporting services.

“Alternatively you can call us on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

“If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”


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