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Schoolgirls Help Capture Suspected Thief

Tuesday October 2 2012

A TOWN centre business owner wants to track down the two schoolgirls who helped chase a suspected thief through the town centre.

The teenagers were passing Pollyanna on Market Hill when a woman left the store with two allegedly stolen shirts - one Issey Miyake and one Pollyanna's own Nomad label - worth £600.

Vanessa Britton chased the woman and the two schoolgirls, who were in uniform, joined the pursuit.

Shop owner Rita Britton said: "I want to trace them and invite them and their parents to come and have lunch in the cafe.

"For them to stick their neck out like that was unbelievable."

The girls helped Vanessa keep tabs on the woman for about 45 minutes, said Rita. They followed her to the taxi rank where she tried to get in a cab but the drivers refused.

Police confirmed they were called at about 4.50pm on Tuesday, September 28.

A woman, 40, has been arrested and charged and is due in court today.

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Reply Posted by Col on Tuesday October 2 2012 at 15:54
£600 for 2 shirts .. now thats what you call daylight robbery .. lol

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday October 2 2012 at 19:39
Only the other day as I was boarding a train a schoolboy hopped off to give an old lady the watch she had dropped. Some good people in Barnsley, a credit to the town.
To offer them a meal by way of thanks is a nice gesture, well done to the two girls.

Reply Posted by Josie Hill on Tuesday October 2 2012 at 19:48
Lovely to hear good things about our young people for a change - there's a lot of them out there and they don't get enough credit. We only ever hear about the horrid ones. Well done girls, shame there aren't more out there like you whoever you are. Hope you get traced and get the recognition you deserve.