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Shoplifter restraint claims probed

Published 11/06/2015

The alleged incident is said to have occurred at Tesco's store in Savile Street, Sheffield
The alleged incident is said to have occurred at Tesco's store in Savile Street, Sheffield

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it is investigating after footage emerged which allegedly shows staff restraining a vulnerable shoplifter who has schizophrenia and other mental health issues.

The video appears to show two men using force to pin the man to the floor in a room at Tesco's store in Savile Street, Sheffield, last month.

The man told ITV Calendar News he had his face smashed into a wall, had a cup of water thrown at him and was on the floor for 10 minutes during the ordeal.

He told the programme: "But when the man came in and smashed my face into the wall, I was petrified and thought he was going to kill me.

"Then when the two of them dragged me on to the floor, I thought they would pummel me, beat me up."

He said: " What they did was wrong. They aren't the police or the law - they are supermarket workers."

The programme, which did not identify the man, said it had been given the CCTV footage by a whistle-blower at the supermarket.

It said the shoplifter was given a conditional discharge after admitting stealing shampoo and conditioner and for causing criminal damage to a table when he appeared before Sheffield Magistrates' Court earlier this week.

The man's mother said: " I am appalled that these men can do what they did to a vulnerable person."

A Tesco spokesman said: "These are extremely serious allegations. We are conducting our own investigation and will of course fully support the police with theirs."

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