A weekly newspaper photographer secured a scoop on the arrest of a shoplifter who was chased by a brave shop worker – after he followed police who were dealing with the incident.
Martin Pitchley was going to cover a football match for the Dorking Advertiser when he spotted police officers heading towards a car park and decided to follow them, rather than let a possible story pass him by.
He managed to capture on camera the moment the shoplifter was arrested after stealing clothes worth hundreds of pounds.
The story made the front page, pictured below, after he also got the phone number of Marks & Spencer shop worker Tom Ayling, who had followed and captured the thief with a police officer, so reporters could follow it up.
Martin said: “I was just going to the football and there were loads of police all going towards the car park, so I followed them and it all went off.
“The guy from Marks & Spencer started chasing the thief and then the police arrested him. There were four or five police on top of this guy and I managed to get photos of it.”
He also captured the assault of a police officer by the shoplifter as he tried to resist arrest.
Following the incident, 25-year-old Nathan Young, from Beare Green, appeared at Redhill Magistrates’ Court charged with theft, resisting an officer, breaching a bail condition and two counts of assault, which he admitted. He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing.
His mother Angela Young, 42, who was also involved in the incident, admitted assault and obstructing an officer. She was released on conditional bail until 11 April.