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Off duty officer arrests imitation gun threat man in Scarborough store

November 23, 2012, 3:58 pm

A 52-year-old man has been charged with attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm following an incident at Tesco in the Westwood area of Scarborough.

The man, who lives locally, walked into the store at about 5.15pm on Thursday 22 November 2012 and allegedly pointed the imitation pistol to the back of a female cashier.

He then ran off within the store but was arrested by an off-duty police officer who witnessed the incident and intervened by tackling him to the ground. Officers were called in to assist with the arrest.

An imitation pistol was recovered at the scene.

The cashier was badly shaken by the ordeal and was allowed to go home.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Reassurance patrols were carried out in the area following the incident.

Superintendent Glyn Payne, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Scarborough and Ryedale, said: “This was a very worrying incident that was brought to a quick and safe conclusion thanks to the brave actions of the off-duty police officer.

“Her actions were in the best traditions of the British Police Service and shows once again the determination and courage of our officers whether on duty or off duty.

“Although the cashier was left very shaken, thankfully nobody was harmed.

“Police patrols were deployed in the area to support the investigation and to provide reassurance for shoppers and the local community following the incident.”

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Phil Nockels.

Information can also be passed onto Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12120197283.

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