13-year-old girls chase thieves from Deane supermarket

13-year-old girls chase thieves from Deane supermarket

Megan Hayes, left, and Carmen Shaw

The Co-op in Wigan Road

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , crime reporter

TWO 13-year-old girls chased shoplifters when they saw them stealing food from a store.

Carmen Shaw and Megan Hayes, along with four of their friends, raced out of the Co-op in Wigan Road, Deane, when they saw the men acting suspiciously.

They alerted the shop assistant and then chased the crooks, who had grabbed meat and put it in a bag.

Carmen, a pupil at Ladybridge High School, said: “We told the staff what was happening and then they ran out. Me and my friends started chasing them to see where they were going.

“We chased them for about five minutes We weren’t scared. We found one of them by some flats. If we had managed to get hold of them we would have waited until police got there.

“The men were running faster and faster. I think they were shocked.”

Dave Porter, aged 30, Carmen’s stepfather, from Westhoughton, said: “We are all proud of Carmen and her friends for what they have done and they have given really good descriptions to the police.

“It shows that there are good kids out there who want to do the right thing. She was a bit shaky afterwards, but excited as well. We are really proud of them.”

Bosses from the Co-op have praised the actions of the brave teenagers.

A spokesman said: “Two men were spotted stealing fresh meat by staff. The staff challenged the men, but they fled with the goods, and escaped despite being pursued by a group of children.

“No one was hurt in the incident, and while we thank the children, we would not encourage anyone to enter into potentially dangerous situations.”

Police confirmed two men stole meat including pork, gammon and bacon in the incident at 5.55pm on Thursday, January 30.

No arrests have been made.

One of the men is white, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5ft 7ins tall and average build. He was wearing a blue hoody with white stripes.

The second is white, in his 30s, about 5ft 8ins tall, with dark short hair and of average build. He was wearing jeans and a black and white baseball cap.

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4:01pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

Well done girls - but you were chasing scum who could have been carrying weapons. It's a shame that you didn't catch them.
Well done girls - but you were chasing scum who could have been carrying weapons. It's a shame that you didn't catch them. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 9

5:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

yellowbeaver08 says...

I think the Police should reward them (The children )
I think the Police should reward them (The children ) yellowbeaver08
  • Score: 13

6:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

lindsayp72 says...

as the mum of one off the girls myself, stepdad, sister, family & friends are extremely proud wot carmen, megan & their other friends did
yes maybe little crazy but never theless they acted bravely, just shows that there are good kids in todays society
as the mum of one off the girls myself, stepdad, sister, family & friends are extremely proud wot carmen, megan & their other friends did yes maybe little crazy but never theless they acted bravely, just shows that there are good kids in todays society lindsayp72
  • Score: 10

9:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Don Kiddick says...

This is a shocking crime. There's a good chance christians in Bolton are now stuffing their mouths with illicit pork.
This is a shocking crime. There's a good chance christians in Bolton are now stuffing their mouths with illicit pork. Don Kiddick
  • Score: -11

12:06am Sun 9 Feb 14

Rawenergy says...

Couragous kids, wimp staff. Well done kids. Join the police, you will do better.
Couragous kids, wimp staff. Well done kids. Join the police, you will do better. Rawenergy
  • Score: 5

3:46am Sun 9 Feb 14

lakelander says...

they were Poles, I heard them shouting in the melee, went back toward Nelson
they were Poles, I heard them shouting in the melee, went back toward Nelson lakelander
  • Score: 1

11:57am Sun 9 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

When people are stealing electronic goods, alcohol and fags, I have little sympathy. But these people were just stealing food. What kind of a situation must they be in if they're stealing to eat?
When people are stealing electronic goods, alcohol and fags, I have little sympathy. But these people were just stealing food. What kind of a situation must they be in if they're stealing to eat? MarkAllRead
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Gaz1262 says...

Just because it's food doesn't mean it's ok to steal. Speculation that it's for them to eat is still no justification. It may be that it's easy to shift and sell on to somebody hard up. It's still stealing. Robin Hood was a fictional character but still a thief .
Just because it's food doesn't mean it's ok to steal. Speculation that it's for them to eat is still no justification. It may be that it's easy to shift and sell on to somebody hard up. It's still stealing. Robin Hood was a fictional character but still a thief . Gaz1262
  • Score: 0

9:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Don Kiddick says...

Rawenergy wrote:
Couragous kids, wimp staff. Well done kids. Join the police, you will do better.
. . . or maybe the staff knew better than to risk their lives for a few groceries?

At 13, it's of course unlikely these children would think like that and thought they were doing the right thing. They're lucky to get away unscathed - desparate people do desparate things.

Sadly the real world wasn't written by Enid Blyton and is only too willing to punish the wrong people.
[quote][p][bold]Rawenergy[/bold] wrote: Couragous kids, wimp staff. Well done kids. Join the police, you will do better.[/p][/quote]. . . or maybe the staff knew better than to risk their lives for a few groceries? At 13, it's of course unlikely these children would think like that and thought they were doing the right thing. They're lucky to get away unscathed - desparate people do desparate things. Sadly the real world wasn't written by Enid Blyton and is only too willing to punish the wrong people. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 3

8:48am Mon 10 Feb 14

lindsayp72 says...

@ don kiddick
as the mum of one of the girls can i just say how proud we are
yes they are 13 but know right from wrong,
wotever the circumstances it doesnt excuse shoplifting n being verbal abusive to the staff
@ don kiddick as the mum of one of the girls can i just say how proud we are yes they are 13 but know right from wrong, wotever the circumstances it doesnt excuse shoplifting n being verbal abusive to the staff lindsayp72
  • Score: 0

11:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

They steal food because its easy to sell, it was a regular thing for the druggies in Manchester to steal meat from the food shops and go into various pubs to sell it sometimes to the landlords.

They were not stealing to eat, they were stealing to get drug money.
They steal food because its easy to sell, it was a regular thing for the druggies in Manchester to steal meat from the food shops and go into various pubs to sell it sometimes to the landlords. They were not stealing to eat, they were stealing to get drug money. Jim271
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Don Kiddick says...

lindsayp72 wrote:
@ don kiddick as the mum of one of the girls can i just say how proud we are yes they are 13 but know right from wrong, wotever the circumstances it doesnt excuse shoplifting n being verbal abusive to the staff
Not really sure how any of that relates to my comment.
[quote][p][bold]lindsayp72[/bold] wrote: @ don kiddick as the mum of one of the girls can i just say how proud we are yes they are 13 but know right from wrong, wotever the circumstances it doesnt excuse shoplifting n being verbal abusive to the staff[/p][/quote]Not really sure how any of that relates to my comment. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 1

10:48am Tue 11 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

Jim271 wrote:
They steal food because its easy to sell, it was a regular thing for the druggies in Manchester to steal meat from the food shops and go into various pubs to sell it sometimes to the landlords.

They were not stealing to eat, they were stealing to get drug money.
You seem to know rather a lot about their motives? How do you know all this?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: They steal food because its easy to sell, it was a regular thing for the druggies in Manchester to steal meat from the food shops and go into various pubs to sell it sometimes to the landlords. They were not stealing to eat, they were stealing to get drug money.[/p][/quote]You seem to know rather a lot about their motives? How do you know all this? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Don Kiddick says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
This is a shocking crime. There's a good chance christians in Bolton are now stuffing their mouths with illicit pork.
-11 ! ! ! Should I have said christian school teachers instead?
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: This is a shocking crime. There's a good chance christians in Bolton are now stuffing their mouths with illicit pork.[/p][/quote]-11 ! ! ! Should I have said christian school teachers instead? Don Kiddick
  • Score: -1

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