Man hailed a hero af­ter tack­ling store thief

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ACLOTHES shop owner has praised a “hero” who rug­by­tack­led a thief to the ground af­ter he el­bowed her in the ribs and ran off with two £1,000 jack­ets.

Tanya Haughton-Allen was left bruised and yelling “stop, thief ” af­ter he sprinted off with the items.

But he barely made it 250 feet from the shop be­fore a man brought him to the ground, send­ing the jack­ets fly­ing.

Now Tanya, who runs de­signer cloth­ing store Uber in Bath, has praised the man who helped her to re­cover the coats, call­ing him “my hero”.

Tanya re­called feel­ing un­easy when a young man en­tered her shop in Mar­garet’s Build­ings in the cen­tre of the city on Oc­to­ber 24, at around 1.45pm.

She says the man was eye­ing up two ex­pen­sive coats and when Tanya asked if she could help, the man replied: “I can help my­self ”.

He grabbed the two coats and ran to the door. As Tanya tried to stop the thief, he el­bowed her hard in the ribs and slammed the door in her face.

Tanya said: “He ran off in the direc- tion of Cather­ine Place and I ran af­ter him shout­ing, ‘Stop, thief ’.

“Ev­ery­one was stand­ing watch­ing, but then a young guy ab­so­lutely splat­tered him with a rugby tackle that sent him to the floor near Bath Old Books.

“The thief dropped the jack­ets and then ran off up Cather­ine Place, on the way to Rivers Street.

“When he got to a cer­tain point up Cather­ine Place, he turned back and sneered at me as he knew he would not get caught.

“I re­cov­ered the coats and headed back to my shop. I was very shaken. I had some bruises, but was oth­er­wise OK.”

She said the man who had in­ter­cepted the thief fol­lowed her into the shop to make sure she was all right.

She said: “I was very up­set at the time. I am very grate­ful to him for what he did. There is some CCTV of it, but it did not get his face – just his back, un­for­tu­nately.”

Tanya later took to Uber’s In­sta­gram ac­count to share a selfie of her and her res­cuer, hail­ing him as a “hero”.

She wrote: “This young man is my hero.

“Last week a man tried to shoplift two very ex­pen­sive jack­ets from Uber. Af­ter grap­pling he el­bowed me hard in the ribs and pushed the door in my face and ran off.

“I chased the thief… at the end of our street my hero rugby-tack­led him to the ground and our jack­ets were re­cov­ered. Big big thank you.”

The post has been liked 76 times since Tanya added it a week ago.

Tanya said although the po­lice in Bath were “bril­liant”, there needed to be more of­fi­cers pa­trolling the city’s streets.

She said: “There are too few po­lice of­fi­cers in Bath. The po­lice do a bril­liant job but there are not enough of them and there is no po­lice sta­tion.

“Bath has thou­sands and thou­sands of tourists every year. We are a big tourist city, so I don’t un­der­stand why we don’t have a po­lice sta­tion.”

A spokesman for Avon and Som­er­set po­lice said: “We were made aware of an in­ci­dent at about 1.45pm on 24 Oc­to­ber at a shop in Mar­garet’s Build­ings in Bath.

“The vic­tim saw some­one leav­ing a shop with­out pay­ing for goods – coats. She grabbed the sus­pect, who punched her and then el­bowed her in the ribs.

“An un­known mem­ber of the pub­lic has rugby-tack­led the of­fender, who dropped clothes he had taken from the shop and ran off.

“We’re keen to hear from any­one who may have seen the in­ci­dent or have in­for­ma­tion to help our in­quiries.

“Any­one able to help is asked to con­tact us, quot­ing ref­er­ence 5218237922.”

A young guy ab­so­lutely splat­tered him with a rugby tackle that sent

him to the floor TANYA HAUGHTON-ALLEN

Tanya Haughton-Allen and, top left, her store in Bath

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