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Police officers attacked in Totton after chasing suspected Co-op shoplifters

TWO police officers were assaulted after chasing a pair of suspected shoplifters in Totton town centre.

The drama unfolded on Thursday when a patrol was alerted by members of the public of a theft at around 5.10pm from the Co-op store in Rumbridge Street.

Two men were said to have fled the shop without paying for about £143 of goods, and a short pursuit on foot ensued before the suspects were detained.

Two officers were attacked
Two officers were attacked

The officers were attacked during a struggle with one of the men, who became aggressive and had to be wrestled to the ground. An amount of class A drugs was also found on him.

A 34-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop, possession of a class A drug, using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

The other man was also searched at the scene.

A Facebook post by local police afterwards said: “The compliant male was detained, searched, and details were taken to deal with him at a later date.

“The other male had to be taken to the floor after assaulting officers, and has further assaulted another officer.”

The post added: “Property recovered by officers and evidence has been gathered.”

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