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Youth Arrested - Disorder In Stroud Sandwich Shop
At approximately 10pm on Monday October 23 police received a report that a group of youths were abusing staff at the Subway sandwich shop in King Street, Stroud.
Two police officers attend the scene within minutes of the emergency call being placed. They found several groups of youths in the vicinity of the shop but no disorder taking place.
While officers were talking to one youth inside the shop in connection with the initial complaint a second youth abused one of the officers from outside the premises.
He was seized by one of the officers and brought inside the shop for the purpose of arresting him.
At this point a group of approximately 20 youths, aged between 14 and 17, attempted to gain entry to the shop, smashing at least one window in the process.
To enable the officers to arrest the suspect and to protect several members of the public who were inside the shop at the time, officers, with the help of staff, were able to close and lock the door.
They were then able to restrain and handcuff the youth and call for assistance.
The group attempting to get into the shop dispersed and ran away when police support units arrived a short time later.
The arrested youth, a 16 year-old from Stroud, was questioned at Stroud police station before being released on bail until the following day, Tuesday October 24.
Neither officer involved was injured as a result of the incident.
Chief Superintendent Dean Walker, the commander of the Cotswolds and Stroud Division, said: "This was an exceptional event and not something we have had to contend with very often.
"The officers involved were attempting to make an arrest in the shop when a large number of youths attempted to gain entry to the premises.
"I would like to take this opportunity to praise the officers involved for dealing with the incident in a thoroughly professional manner. Their actions not only allowed them to make an arrest, it also ensured the safety of members of the public and staff inside the shop until support units could arrive.
"We are keen to apprehend those responsible and we will be studying CCTV footage taken at the scene to help us identify who caused the damage to the shop."
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about it, is asked to contact Stroud police on 0845 090 1234, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 680 of October 23.
: 24/10/2006 20:43:42
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