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Thief jailed after playing cat and mouse with Bishop's Stortford police

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Police chased a prolific shoplifter through Bishop's Stortford after he leapt 15ft from a travelator in a bid to evade capture.

While patrolling in the town centre on Friday January 22, PC Steve Gent spotted a suspect from north London on the travelators at Jackson Square shopping centre.

Stortford police's safer neighbourhood team suspected him of stealing several bottles of whiskey from the Sainsbury’s store in the precinct on two occasions: the first on Saturday December 19 and again on Tuesday January 12.

Sainsbury's, Jackson Square, Bishops Stortford .Pic: Vikki Lince. (44201991)
Sainsbury's, Jackson Square, Bishops Stortford .Pic: Vikki Lince. (44201991)

Upon seeing the officer, the man leapt over the top of the travelator, plummeted to the ground and sprinted away.

PC Gent pursued him and called for back-up. Initially, the suspect was able to outrun and hide from officers but he was eventually found in the Rose and Crown pub car park in Station Road. He was arrested and later charged with two counts of theft.

* On Saturday January 23, Nana Yaw, 44, of High Road, Haringey, appeared before Hatfield magistrates and was jailed for 16 weeks and ordered to pay £161 compensation.

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