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Sainsbury's security guard slashed by shoplifter in Kingsmead Road, Canterbury

Police hunting a man who left a supermarket security guard with a four-inch gash across his stomach have released this picture of two people they want to quiz.

The guard was slashed with a sharp object as he chased a thief from Sainsbury’s in Canterbury and tried to stop him near the River Stour.

The suspect and two others had fled the Kingsmead Road store after the alarm sounded as they walked through the exit.

The two people police want to speak to
The two people police want to speak to

The security guard and store manager gave chase and one of the trio was found hiding in bushes.

The guard tried to detain him, but he broke free and ran off along a path next to the River Stour.

He was caught again, but lashed out and cut the guard’s stomach before fleeing in the direction of Stonebridge Road at 10.15pm.

Officers investigating the attack on June 30 are reviewing store CCTV and asking for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

PC Jim Roberts said: “The main offender is described as being a man around 6ft tall, with short brown hair and a scar above his eye.

“He was wearing a black zip-up jacket, a black t-shirt with a skull and crossbones motif on the front, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

Sainsbury's in Kingsmead Road
Sainsbury's in Kingsmead Road

“The other two people were a second man, 6ft tall and of stocky build, wearing a black top with the hood up and navy blue jeans, and a woman wearing a grey cardigan, grey t-shirt, navy blue jeans and brown sandals. She was carrying a shopping bag.”

Anyone with information should call PC Roberts on 07870 252906, quoting reference ZY/021456/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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