Pair plead not guilty after car hits guard

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TWO people have pleaded not guilty, after a store detective was hit by a car as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter.

David Benham, 47, of Kimmeridge Avenue, Poole, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

Elizabeth Benham, 42, also of Kimmeridge Avenue, Poole, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court at the same time and pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and assault.

After their initial court appearance, they will now both appear at Chichester Crown Court on November 14.

The pair are charged in connection with an incident which took place at the Tesco store near the Fishbourne Roundabout, on the A27 at around 10.45am on September 19.

According to police, a store detective tried to stop a woman he believed was shoplifting from Tesco when she got into a blue Volkswagen Passat with a man in the driving seat.

Sussex Police said the store detective stood in front of the vehicle and was knocked on to the bonnet when the vehicle started to move.

He was then carried on the bonnet for about 20 metres before falling off.

Police said previously the store detective was lucky not to suffer serious injuries.

After their appearance at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, the pair were released on conditional bail.

Under the terms of their bail conditions, the pair cannot enter Sussex apart from to attend court on November 14 or to visit their solicitor.