A man has been arrested after allegedly trying to steal packs of streaky bacon from a retail park “overlooked by a police station.”

This followed on from a separate incident of what police called a “mass meat theft” from the same shop, M&S Food at Robin Retail Park in Wigan last month.

The man was arrested after being stopped by a plainclothes police officer who said he was trying to leave with six packs of unsmoked streaky bacon on Thursday May 17.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Following interview, a 32 year old male of no fixed abode made a full and frank admission and was charged with the offence of theft.

“He was bailed to Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on June 12 2024.

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“Those who wish to continue with illegal activity on Robin Retail Park, may want to remember that it is overlooked by Wigan Police Station and as such, there is a greater than average chance you will be seen committing your crimes.”

Anyone with any information or concerns about shoplifting or any other kinds of crimes can call police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.