Suspected shoplifter thought to be in river after fleeing arrest

Police are searching the river near Town Bridge in Peterborough
-Credit: (Image: Cambridge News)

Police are searching a river in Cambridgeshire after a shoplifting suspect is believed to have entered it on Friday afternoon (May 24). Officers in Peterborough were called after reports of a suspected shoplifting incident.

Two men ran from the scene while officers tried to arrest them. Officers believe one of the men may have entered the river.

Town Bridge has been closed while efforts to find the man continue. Traffic monitoring site Inrix said shortly before 3pm: "A15 Town Bridge in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to police incident from Rivergate to East Station Road (Town Bridge Traffic Lights)."

A police spokesperson said: "We were alerted to a suspected shoplifting incident in Peterborough, this afternoon (24 May). Officers attended and two men ran from the scene during arrest attempts.

"It's believed one of the men may have entered the river and efforts to find him are ongoing." The man who was believed to have entered the river had been seen in the area and was identified as a person wanted on suspicion of previous shoplifting offences.

Eyewitnesses said they saw divers in the river and private ambulances on the scene.

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