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Members of public 'pin down' Ipswich hot dog stand theft suspect

PUBLISHED: 16:42 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 December 2018

Chris Wilson with the stall in central Ipswich Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Chris Wilson with the stall in central Ipswich Picture: KATY SANDALLS


Four members of the public are reported to have chased and held down a man suspected of stealing cash from the Hot Sausage Company in Ipswich's Tavern Street.

Police were called to scene just after 4.10pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Street vendor Chris Wilson said he had been cleaning up at the end of the day when the incident took place.

Mr Wilson has worked at the stall since February and said that people have previously tried to take soft drink cans from the stall.

“I have never had anyone try and take the cash box before,” said Mr Wilson.

“That’s what you get being on the street.”

A spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to reports of takings having been stolen.

“Four members of the public were said to be holding down a man thought to be the suspect.”

Police arrived on scene at 4.17pm, just after the arrival of street rangers.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to Martlesham Heath police investigation centre for questioning.

The spokeswoman added: “Thank you very much to the men and women who assisted in detaining the suspect until street rangers and police arrived.”

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