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Meat theft from Tesco on Plumstead Road

PUBLISHED: 15:46 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:46 18 July 2014

A man and woman were seen leaving the scene on Plumstead Road today after meat was stolen.  Picture: James Bass.

A man and woman were seen leaving the scene on Plumstead Road today after meat was stolen. Picture: James Bass.

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A former police officer was seconds away from catching thieves who stole a basket full of meat from Tesco.

A man in a baseball cap and black jacket was seen running out of the shop to an awaiting car on Plumstead Road at around 1.50pm today carrying a basket piled high with meat and salmon.

Paul Rice, a former Norfolk police officer and Train Terrain shop owner, saw a white VW car hovering on the forecourt with a woman behind the wheel.

As the thief ran outside Mr Rice, 54, from Potter Heigham, grabbed him – but was forced to let go as the car sped away, almost smashing in to another vehicle as it left.

Police enquiries continue. Any witnesses should call police on 101.

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