Barnard Castle hero outruns shoplifter

GOOD SAMARITAN: Runner Chris Read pursued thief

GOOD SAMARITAN: Runner Chris Read pursued thief

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Sedgefield)

A SHOPLIFTER found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when he tried to make off with a stash of Christmas presents from a cosmetics store.

The hapless thief’s getaway was thwarted when a Good Samaritan, who happens to have run more than 100 marathons, decided to give chase.

Chris Read was carrying a bag of groceries through Barnard Castle when a man rushed past him and up an alleyway, pursued by a woman shouting at him to stop.

When the woman, Superdrug store manager Suzanne Hurton, said he was trying to make off with stolen goods Mr Read sped after him.

With Mr Read hot on his heels, the culprit only managed to run about half a mile before he surrendered.

The 47-year-old said: “I told him he could let me have the stuff back or I’d call the police and keep running after him.

“He went a reasonable distance but when he stopped and looked back I said ‘we can do this all day’ so he threw the bag at me and I let him go.”

Mr Read is no stranger to running as he has racked up 101 26-mile marathons and recently completed a duathlon- a 112mile cycle ride sandwiched between two full marathons in less than 24 hours.

The married father of two, from Barnard Castle, used to work as a checkout manager for supermarket Waitrose so was trained to deal with shoplifters.

He said: “I’m very aware of safety and would have never have put myself in danger but knew there were few people who could outrun me so would have just kept going until he gave up.”

He now works as a sports coach and raises funds for the children’s charity A Smile for A Child, which he set up five years ago.

Mrs Hurton was thrilled when Mr Read returned unhurt and with the recovered stolen items- fragrance and shaving gift sets worth £235.

She said: “I lost sight of them but heard two men shouting and was concerned something would happen to this nice guy who stepped in to help.

“I hope he knows how much we appreciate what he did, it would have been a significant amount of money to lose from our takings.

“The world should be full of people like him.”

The incident has been reported to the police.

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6:30am Thu 7 Nov 13

stone-rose says...

Al tip me hat to you sir ,Well done, But where was plod? " Prob in castle cafe"
Al tip me hat to you sir ,Well done, But where was plod? " Prob in castle cafe" stone-rose
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6:58am Thu 7 Nov 13

Ally F says...

I doff my proverbial cap too. Society is a better place thanks to people such as Mr Read. Good show Sir.

Where were plod Stone-Rose asks? Probably following up the theft of a pair of gloves worth £1 from the Poundland in Bishop Auckland. That was headline news in the Echo the other day...!
I doff my proverbial cap too. Society is a better place thanks to people such as Mr Read. Good show Sir. Where were plod Stone-Rose asks? Probably following up the theft of a pair of gloves worth [presumably] £1 from the Poundland in Bishop Auckland. That was headline news in the Echo the other day...! Ally F
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3:23pm Thu 7 Nov 13

stone-rose says...

Ally F wrote:
I doff my proverbial cap too. Society is a better place thanks to people such as Mr Read. Good show Sir.

Where were plod Stone-Rose asks? Probably following up the theft of a pair of gloves worth £1 from the Poundland in Bishop Auckland. That was headline news in the Echo the other day...!
Funny but very true Ally f
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: I doff my proverbial cap too. Society is a better place thanks to people such as Mr Read. Good show Sir. Where were plod Stone-Rose asks? Probably following up the theft of a pair of gloves worth [presumably] £1 from the Poundland in Bishop Auckland. That was headline news in the Echo the other day...![/p][/quote]Funny but very true Ally f stone-rose
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3:46pm Thu 14 Nov 13

elmo33 says...

BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – THE RIGHT DISHONOURABLES
John Bercow the Speaker of the Houses of Parliament has an Independent role or that is the remit of the position .His role is to maintain order and discipline in the House and with the Traditional Heritage of the position has to be shown the respect the position entails .So why has his apparent attempt of trying to defraud HMRC of £6,508 been ignored . John Wick an ex SAS officer initially blew the whistle on MP’s expenses but why have we never had an MP whistleblower .
Have Politicians an unwritten allegiance between themselves apart from the one they swear to the Queen .
Two peers who spent time behind bars for fiddling their expenses continue to claim the maximum parliamentary allowances permitted, the figures for June 2013 show. Expenses costs published on Wednesday showed Lord Taylor of Warwick claimed £3,900 for attending the Lords for 13 days and Lord Hanningfield claimed £4,800 for 16 days .
A prime example of a Gravy Train Politician was David Miliband he was Labour’s Foreign Secretary and got used to all the expensive trapping that go with that post so much so that when he lost the Labour Leadership to his brother he took 14 sponsored Foreign Trips costing £47,500 giving speeches and attending conferences .The jaunts took him away from constituency duties for 46 days and earned him £400,000 in addition to his MP’S salary .Can anyone not have their position compromised with rewards like that .
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BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – THE RIGHT DISHONOURABLES John Bercow the Speaker of the Houses of Parliament has an Independent role or that is the remit of the position .His role is to maintain order and discipline in the House and with the Traditional Heritage of the position has to be shown the respect the position entails .So why has his apparent attempt of trying to defraud HMRC of £6,508 been ignored . John Wick an ex SAS officer initially blew the whistle on MP’s expenses but why have we never had an MP whistleblower . Have Politicians an unwritten allegiance between themselves apart from the one they swear to the Queen . Two peers who spent time behind bars for fiddling their expenses continue to claim the maximum parliamentary allowances permitted, the figures for June 2013 show. Expenses costs published on Wednesday showed Lord Taylor of Warwick claimed £3,900 for attending the Lords for 13 days and Lord Hanningfield claimed £4,800 for 16 days . A prime example of a Gravy Train Politician was David Miliband he was Labour’s Foreign Secretary and got used to all the expensive trapping that go with that post so much so that when he lost the Labour Leadership to his brother he took 14 sponsored Foreign Trips costing £47,500 giving speeches and attending conferences .The jaunts took him away from constituency duties for 46 days and earned him £400,000 in addition to his MP’S salary .Can anyone not have their position compromised with rewards like that . http://brokenbritish politics.simplesite. com elmo33
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