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Police quickly arrested a man on suspicion of theft following reports of shoplifting at a shopping centre in Southend.
Officers were called at about 2.35pm on Wednesday January 10 to reports of suspects shoplifting from a number of businesses in the Royals Shopping Centre before leaving the scene by car.
Police attended the scene within minutes and identified the vehicle on the A127.
They followed the vehicle before both the passenger and the driver left the car. One suspect was arrested on suspicion of theft.
A 20-year-old man from London has been released on bail until March 11 whilst enquiries continue.