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Tesco security guard allegedly attacked by group of 10 during fight outside Ipswich store

PUBLISHED: 06:55 27 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 27 January 2018

The Tesco Express store in St Matthew's Street, Ipswich, where a fight is alleged to have happened. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The Tesco Express store in St Matthew's Street, Ipswich, where a fight is alleged to have happened. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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A group of 10 people were reported to have surrounded an Ipswich store security guard last night, “kicking and punching him” after a fight broke out over a suspected shoplifting incident.

Suffolk police were called to reports of a fight at the Tesco Express store in St Matthew’s Street at 7.50pm.

A force spokesman said it appeared the security guard had attempted to apprehend a suspected shoplifter but was then attacked by a group of his friends.

“It is alleged 10 people were surrounding the guard, kicking and punching him outside the shop,” the spokesman added.

Police are reported to have arrived within two minutes. Members of the public are also said to have stepped into help the guard.

The disturbance continued outside the store, prompting staff to close early.

One of the officers on the scene reported the incident was “expected to keep bubbling away for sometime”.

A 25-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of assault.

Police officers were wearing body cameras during the incident, footage from which will be viewed for evidence.


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