Man hailed a hero after tackling store thief
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