Attempted theft of Tesco goods worth £1,700 stopped by police

The incident happened last week while officers were patrolling around Abingdon, including retail parks and shopping centres.

Officers arrested a man who allegedly attempted to steal items from Tesco Extra on Marcham Road.

The goods were worth more than £1,700 and the incident was later followed by an attempted shoplift in Abingdon’s Poundland.

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Thames Valley Police took to social media to share the news as well as other incidents which have been dealt with, including damage to play equipment at Marcham Park.

A spokesperson for TVP South Oxfordshire and Vale said: “PCSOs Wright, Islam, & Crowther and PCs Musat & Roberts from the Abingdon Neighborhood Team had a series of busy shifts last week.

“Patrols completed in the city centre, Fairacres & Seacourt retail parks and Westway Shopping Centre, Botley.

“Stopped a man from stealing more than £1,700 worth of goods from Tesco and later that day dissuaded a man from shoplifting in Poundland.

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Officers have had a busy week at Abingdon.Officers have had a busy week at Abingdon. (Image: Thames Valley Police)

“We responded to a report of additional damage to play equipment in Marcham Park.

“Regular patrols continue to reassure residents and investigations are ongoing.”

The same officers also seized a gang-owned golf club and baseball bat and arrested a man after he allegedly punched an off-duty police officer.

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