Dramatic moment supermarket staff tackle ‘shoplifters leaving with full trolley’

This is the dramatic moment supermarket workers confronted a group of people suspected of shoplifting by walking out of the store with a fully loaded trolley.

The shocking incident was filmed by a customer at The Food Warehouse in Leigh, near Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Paul Taylor witnessed the scene unfolding while out shopping with his wife and started recording on his phone.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said: "There were two men and one woman who had pinched a trolley full of food,

"The lads who worked there came out and surrounded the car.

"They were really brave and a credit to the store."

Paul captured the shocking footage which shows four employees attempting to retrieve the items of food from the boot of a Vauxhall Zafira.

One of the men who is accused of stealing the food confronts one of The Food Warehouse employees before being pushed to the ground by a colleague.

After attempting to get back onto his feet, the worker went on to knock him down again.

While the shopkeepers continue to retrieve the items, the man gets back into his car.

A shopkeeper attempted to snap a picture of the registration of the people carrier but it sped away with the boot still open.

The supermarket confirmed the incident had been reported to the police.

In a statement given to the MEN, a spokesperson for the store owned by Iceland said: "Our store manager and a colleague intervened to recover the stock as it was being loaded into a car.

"A struggle ensued during which our store manager was pushed over, but he is unhurt. The registration number of the vehicle involved has been reported to the police and the matter is now in their hands."

The spokesperson continued: "At a time when our stores and colleagues are under unprecedented pressure, and we are doing our utmost to keep our customers supplied with food and to help the elderly and vulnerable in particular, it is extremely frustrating that some individuals regard this as an opportunity to steal."

Manchester Evening News has contacted Greater Manchester Police for a statement.

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