Boy suspected of shoplifting dragged into Tesco store amid ugly scenes
Shoppers were shocked to see a bloodied 13-year-old boy being violently dragged back into a Tesco store by security staff - after allegedly being caught stealing sweets.
Witnesses say the sleight youngster was attempting to flee the shop in Exeter without paying when a member of the public grabbed him and pulled him back. But as a struggle broke out with a security guard, the fracas seemingly turned violent.
The boy was filmed being dragged backwards with his T-shirt pulled over his head and was left bloodied by the ordeal.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they were investigating the incident and said it was sparked by the theft of "low value confectionery".
A spokesman for Tesco told DevonLive: "Police attended following an incident of theft at our Cowick Street Express store in Exeter. We are assisting police with their inquiries."
Last year, a burly security guard at a Tesco store in Penzance, Cornwall, was filmed (below) physically restraining a young woman suspected of stealing. Some witnesses accused the guard of "manhandling" the woman - while others praised him for doing his job.