E-fit: Man suspected of swiping clothes and iron while threatening Stretford security guard with knife

By Steven Brown

An e-fit of a man believed to have threatened a security guard with a knife after stealing clothes and an iron from Stretford Shopping Centre has been released.

The suspected shoplifter is thought to have walked into Peacocks at around 3.25pm on Wednesday July 3 and stolen a t-shirt and hooded top.

After removing the tags and putting the clothes into a plastic bag, he left the store then walked into B & M Bargains minutes later and was spotted by a security guard putting an iron into a plastic bag.

The suspect was approached and stopped but grabbed a knife and threatened the guard before he ran off across Chester Road and onto Lacey Street.

Police Constable Emma Prior from Trafford North INPT said: “The offender was quite happily stealing the items but when he was challenged, he grabbed a knife from the nearby kitchen and threatened the security guard.

“Thankfully, no one was injured.”

The man has been described as black, in his early 20s, 6ft tall, of slim build, with short black hair, clean shaven and had an earring in his left ear.

He was seen wearing a beige hooded top, black t-shirt, dark jeans and black converse trainers with white soles.

PC Prior added: “I would ask people to take a good look at the image and if they recognise this man, to contact the police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7655 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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