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Taxi driver helps police catch alleged thief who fled on electric scooter

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A taxi driver helped police catch an alleged thief who fled on an electric scooter. The 43-year-old man was found hiding in a garden when officers got to him.

He had fled from a supermarket in Newton Heath after being accused of shoplifting by store staff. Police were called but were unable to keep up with him on foot after he made off on an electric scooter.

A taxi driver noticed where the man had escaped and gave police a lift in his car to where he had last been seen. Police then found the man hiding in a garden, and he was arrested on suspicion of theft and other alleged crimes. READ MORE: Man fighting for life after being taken away in car and 'seriously assaulted' READ MORE: The M.E.N.'s top stories right now In a post on the GMP Manchester North Facebook page, officers said: "As officers entered a local supermarket on Old Church Street in Manchester a male was on his way out and began to drive off on his electric scooter.

Staff informed the officers he had tried to steal items and the officers requested him to stop. "He chose against this and drove off and went through a red traffic signal and made off and officers chased on foot.

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