Suspected shoplifters run over Tesco security guard

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TWO people have been questioned by police after a security guard was run over trying to stop a suspected shoplifter.

The security guard tried to stop a woman he believed had been stealing from Tesco in Fishbourne Road, Chichester, when she got into a blue Volkswagen Passat which had a man in the driving seat.

The security guard stood in front of the vehicle but the man drove at him and knocked him onto the bonnet at about 10.45am on Thursday, September 19.

The victim was carried on the bonnet for about 20 metres before he fell off.

A Volkswagen was stopped in Hampshire and a 47-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, both from Poole in Dorset, were arrested.

The man was questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving and shoplifting and the woman on suspicion of shoplifting.

Both were released on bail until October 5 while officers carry out further inquiries.

PC John Blight said: “The store detective was very lucky not to have suffered a serious injury but has been left badly shaken by the incident.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw the saloon being driven in the Tesco car park or in the minutes afterwards. The car park would have been very busy at the time and many people may have seen at least part of the incident but may not realise how important their information could be.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 408 of 19 September or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.