December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
There were dramatic scenes in the centre of Norwich yesterday afternoon when a man was prevented from escaping with a stolen handbag by a member of the public.
Eyewitnesses have told how a man, thought to be visiting Norwich from the USA or Canada, leapt to the rescue of two girls in Rampant Horse Street at 5pm yesterday.
It is thought two girls aged in their late teens were resisting the man’s attempt to grab one of their handbags as he cycled from Westlegate and up Rampant Horse Street.
Shocked witnesses are said to have been alerted to the drama by the victim screaming and her friend trying to wrestle the handbag back.
One onlooker, who asked not to be named, said: “I was walking past the food hall of M&S (Marks and Spencer) and heard a girl screaming and making a lot of noise.
“At first I thought it was just kids mucking about but I could see they were in the road.
“Then this guy just ran out in the road and tried to get the thief on the ground, but he wasn’t having any of it and tried to get away and landed right at my feet.
“I was shocked and quite upset. It was very brave of the man because the thief could have had a knife.”
It is thought two security guards from the Marks and Spencer store came to the aid of the man to help get the situation under control until police arrived.
- A police spokesman has confirmed a 22-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and charged with theft.