Quick-thinking shoppers praised by police after they helped arrest a suspected thief who targeted a disabled man in Newcastle
08 Jan | 17:14

A suspected thief has been arrested after a disabled man was threatened with a pair of scissors on Newcastle’s busiest shopping street.

At about 2.55pm this afternoon police received a report of a disturbance on Northumberland Street near to Marks and Spencer.

Officers attended the scene where they were told a man had grabbed hold of a disabled shopper and threatened him with a pair of scissors before stealing his wallet.

The suspect has then been pursued by members of the public who came to the aid of the victim.

Officers have also conducted a search and later arrested a man on suspicion of robbery nearby to Northumberland Street.

The 46-year-old victim has been spoken to by police and has not sustained any serious injuries while the suspect has been taken in to police custody.

Newcastle city centre Inspector Karen Madge said: “We are treating this as an robbery that has taken place in broad daylight on a busy shopping street.

“There were a number of shoppers going about their business when this has happened and it would have been very frightening for them.

“But it must have been even more terrifying for the vulnerable victim and I hope the fact we have made a quick arrest brings him some comfort.

“I also want to take this opportunity to praise the courage of the members of the public who came to the victim’s aid and pursued the offender.

“They showed real Geordie spirit and demonstrated the community spirit we have here in Newcastle.”

The 39-year-old suspect remains in police custody at this time after being arrested on suspicion of robbery.


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