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Security guard held after “shoplifter” dies following struggle

Security guard held after “shoplifter” dies following struggle

A suspected shoplifter has died after he was apprehended by a security guard, police said.

The man, who has not been named, suffered a "significant injury" when glass bottles he was concealing smashed when he was tackled by the 20-year-old security guard.

The security guard, who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, has been released on bail until May, Wiltshire Police said.

Officers were called to The Shires car park in Trowbridge just after 3pm on February 9 to reports that a man was seriously injured following an altercation with another man.

The 30-year-old victim, of no fixed address, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said he was suspected of committing a number of shoplifting offences in the town.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter said: "The man arrested is a security guard from a local store.

"He tackled the suspected shoplifter causing a number of glass bottles he was concealing to smash.

"This caused a significant injury to the man, who despite the best efforts from paramedics, sadly died."

Formal identification is yet to be carried out and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.