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Suspected thief arrested after foot chase with fleet-footed cop
26 Mar | 13:30
A suspected thief has been arrested by a fleet-footed cop after a woman was mugged in Newcastle city centre.
 
PC Martin Telford was on foot patrol on Grainger Street yesterday speaking to the public and offering advice about staying at home.
 
A female member of the public was also walking on the street at about 3.15pm when she was approached by a man she did not know.
 
He asked her for some money but when she got out her purse, the man grabbed £50 in cash and fled the area.
 
PC Telford heard a commotion and witnessed a man running away from the scene of the theft.
 
He leapt in to action and pursued the suspect on foot – before he was able to catch up with him and place him under arrest.
 
Now Inspector Karen Madge has praised PC Telford after his quick response saw the majority of the cash recovered.
 
She said: “This is a great example of how a good old fashioned bobby on the beat has been on hand to make a swift arrest.
 
“Martin was on patrol in the city centre, speaking to the public and asking them to follow the recent advice about staying at home.
 
“When this theft took place he did not show any hesitation and was soon hot on the heels of the suspect.
 
“The man has since been charged and will be appearing in court at a later date thanks to Martin’s hard work and quick-thinking.
 
“Many of you will be self-isolating at home but we want to reassure you that our officers continue to patrol the streets to keep you safe.”
 
The 34-year-old man has since been charged with theft and given strict bail conditions preventing him from returning to the City centre.
 
He will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on May 25.
 
Pictured: Inspector Karen Madge
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