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Worcester Violent Shoplifter

The Worcester News reported that a violent shoplifter was foiled by a man who tied his shoelaces together to stop him escaping from police during a dramatic chase and violent struggle.

Daniel Cox, from Worcester, stole items from Wilko in the city before fighting with PC Matthew Waite, pushing a toddler and threatening to spit in the officer's face while claiming he had hepatitis B.

Cox was eventually caught as a member of the public tied his shoelaces together as he was resisting the officer and another man helped by radioing PC Waite's colleagues.

PC Waite said: "I would like to thank the members of the public that assisted me during the incident.

"The assistance received involved someone using my police radio to alert my control room and another member of the public even tying the offender's shoelaces together to prevent him escaping during a very violent struggle.

"I was shocked at the level of aggression and sheer desperation to evade arrest that was shown by the offender and I am extremely grateful for the assistance provided by the members of the public that helped."

Cox, 30, was originally asked to empty his bag by PC Waite at 11.45am on Sunday as he left the Wilko in High Street, as he was suspected of shoplifting.

He refused and a scuffle broke out which led to Cox suffering a head injury and bleeding heavily.

Items on shelves fell to the ground as Cox struggled to get away from the officer.

Worcester shoplifter-Daniel Cox

Published 22nd February 2018

Last updated 22nd February 2018