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Alleged shoplifter died after interception by security guard

13 February 2017

A man died in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, last week after being tackled by a security guard working for Sainsbury's.

He had been suspected of shoplifting and died as a result from injuries sustained when the glass bottles he was carrying smashed during the incident.

He was found near the Sainsbury's store and the company confirmed the 20-year-old security guard had been working at its store, according to the The Guardian.

Initially arrested on the charge of suspected manslaughter, the security guard has since been released on bail.

The incident was also reported by the BBC, which quoted detective chief inspector Jeremy Carter confirming that the glass bottles had smashed when the suspected shoplifter was tackled.

"He suffered significant bleeding from which he died," he said.

Thought to be from the Cornwall area, the victim had been involved in "various episodes" with other stores' security staff throughout the same day.

The Guardian reported the security guard had been working for Mitie and included the following statement from the company:

"Our thoughts go out to [the] family and friends [of the man who died] at this sad time.

"We are supporting the police enquiry and it would not be appropriate to make any further comment at the moment."


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