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Have-a-go shopper's fury as shop staff ignore' bike thief

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A WOMAN has criticised a security guard for not coming to her aid as she confronted a bike thief who was brandishing a handsaw.

A WOMAN has criticised a security guard for not coming to her aid as she confronted a bike thief who was brandishing a handsaw.

Denise James, 51, from Meadow Road, Shortlands, confronted a young man as she left Sainsbury's in Walters Yard, Bromley, on Good Friday.

Ms James, who was coming out of the store with her shopping at about 4.30pm, says other shoppers and a security guard did nothing to help as she tried to prevent the man from stealing a Dawes racing bike that was chained to a railing in front of the store.

She said: "I approached this guy when I saw him take a saw out of his backpack. After I asked what he was doing he replied 'mind your own bloody business'.

"It was definitely not his bike.

"A security guard came past so I asked for his help, but he just turned to the lad with the saw and said: "I'm going to go inside to get a pen and paper to take down your details" before disappearing back into the shop.

"Then the guy came up to me and said 'mind your own business' again, so I replied sarcastically 'look I'm really trembling'."

Railway worker Ms James claims that the thief then went back to the old fashioned, blue racing bike and continued to saw the lock before riding off on the bicycle.

She added: "It's disgusting that no one else did anything to intervene.

"Everyone these days is a chicken, it's ridiculous. This is why we call it broken Britain."

By the time the security guard emerged from the store, 10 minutes later, Ms James told him that he was too late.

A spokesman for Sainsbury's said: "The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority so we were obviously concerned to hear of this incident.

"Any delay in responding to Ms James' complaint was due to security dealing with another issue in store.

"We have asked our security team to be extra vigilant from now on and to step up patrols outside of the store."

A spokesman for Bromley police said: "We have received no reports of a bicycle being stolen from around Sainsbury's on the date in question.

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