A suspected shoplifter was arrested after being caught fleeing a supermarket with a Christmas tree under each arm.
At about 9.30pm on Monday officers were on foot patrol in Newcastle, when they spotted a man leaving the Morrisons supermarket.
The man caught the interest of police as he was spotted running from the store carrying two trees, leaving a trail of pine needles behind him.
He was immediately detained in the area of Byker - the setting for the long-running BBC children’s show Byker Grove - before officers visited the store and confirmed two Christmas trees had been stolen.
Presenting duo Ant and Dec - who are currently hosting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here every night on ITV - first shot to fame in Byker Grove, and the show also spwaned stars including Donna Air and Jill Halfpenny.
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David Appleby, 30, of Shipley Walk, Byker, was charged with theft in relation to the shoplifting at Morrisons and two further unrelated thefts.
He was released on bail ahead of a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on December 22.
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