Man charged with shoplifting from Tesco and assaulting police officers in Redditch

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Story by Paul Lynch 25th August 2020

A man has been charged with assaulting police officers and theft in Redditch, while another has been bailed after an alleged shoplifting incident.

Police were called to a Tesco store in Shakespeare Avenue, just before 10pm on Wednesday, August 19th 2020 after reports of shoplifting.

Two police officers were then allegedly assaulted.


Daniel Bryant, 31, of Upper Field Close, has been charged with a number of offences on Thursday, August 20th 2020.

The charges include two counts of assault by beating an emergency worker - a police officer, obstructing a police officer, a public order offence and theft.

West Mercia Police said: “A 31-year-old man has been charged with theft and assaulting two police officers after an incident in Shakespeare Avenue, Redditch.


The suspect was bailed and will appear at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on September 29th 2020.

A unamed 33-year-old man from Redditch was also arrested on suspicion of theft from a store and assaulting an emergency worker - a police officer. He has been released under investigation.

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