Shoplifter thwarted by have a go heroes

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A LANCASTER shop assistant has become an internet sensation after posting footage of himself grappling with a shoplifter on video-sharing website Youtube.

Pete Edmunds, 26, of Willow Lane, launched himself at the would-be thief after he saw him trying to leave Fairfield Stores in Sibsey Street with eight cans of lager at 8.15pm on April 20.

He made a plucky citizen’s arrest, pinning the thief to the ground before members of the public jumped in to lend a hand.

The following day Pete posted the shop’s CCTV footage of the incident on Youtube as a warning to other potential thieves.

The clip has already attracted 2,000 views, as well as interest from American TV show Most Daring, Most Shocking.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-04-11) for full story.