Man smashes out of M&S store after being locked inside in suspected burglary

A man has been filmed smashing his way out of a Marks & Spencer store in a suspected burglary attempt.

Footage obtained by the Liverpool Echo shows several loud thuds echoing down Church Street in Liverpool as the alleged burglar tries to break out of the store with what appears to be a fire extinguisher.

He eventually succeeds and squeezes his way through a tiny hole, before skipping off down the street.

Police believe the man entered the store while it was still open on Monday, November 9 and waited until it closed to break out.

He had allegedly taken items of clothing and was filmed escaping in the early hours of Tuesday, November 10.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary but has since been released pending investigation.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “We arrested a man after a burglary at Marks and Spencer in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Tuesday, November 10.

“We were alerted to the intruder alarm sounding at Marks and Spencer on Church Street at 12.05am.

“An offender is believed to have entered the store while it was open, taken items of clothing and smashed a window using a fire extinguisher when leaving the premises.

“Officers attended and assisted by Citywatch CCTV cameras, located in the Skelhorn Street area.

“A 24-year-old man from Croydon has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. He has been taken into custody to be questioned.”

Anyone with any information on the incident can DM the police on Twitter via @MerPolCC or message them on Facebook at ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

Alternatively, call 101 quoting incident reference 20000682024 or contact the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

Despite the national lockdown, Marks & Spencer are allowed to stay open due to their food halls, which make the stores fall under the "essential" category.

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