Good Samaritan helps foil thief

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A good Samaritan helped foil a thief who attempted to steal £20 from an elderly man.

The 69-year-old victim was withdrawing £20 from a cashpoint in Newton-le-Willows when a man approached him and told him he had dropped something from his pocket.

As the pensioner turned around to see what he had dropped, the crook snatched the cash which had been dispensed from the cashpoint at the Earle Street Tesco store and made off.

But he then dropped the cash when he was chased by a good Samaritan who had witnessed the theft.

The suspect was arrested a short time later on suspicion of theft and Lee Murray, 32, from Newton-le-Willows, has since been handed a suspended eight-week jail sentence.

He was also ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation order and pay £80 costs.

Insp Ian Shuttleworth, from the St Helens North neighbourhood policing team, said: “This type of crime that targets vulnerable members of our society is shameful and left this elderly gentleman very shaken.

“It’s thanks to our good spirited citizen that the cash was returned and those who witnessed the incident - who helped identify the offender - that we have seen justice done.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind people when withdrawing money from cash machines to be extra careful and aware of your surroundings.”