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Shoplifter knocked out security guard’s teeth

11 Jan 2022

A shoplifter who knocked out a security guard’s teeth has been jailed.

Blake Healy, of Willow Walk, Cambridge, assaulted the guard, who had followed him to Hobson’s Passage, after stealing alcohol from a city centre supermarket on 6 January.

The 25-year-old punched the guard to the face causing him to lose two front teeth from his bottom jaw.

He was arrested at the scene and the guard, along with other supermarket staff, highlighted a number of thefts he had recently committed.

At Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday (7 January), Healy pleaded guilty to four counts of theft between 3 and 6 January from stores in Sidney Street as well as common assault of a Sainsbury’s employee and actual bodily harm (ABH) of the guard from Marks and Spencer.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for the common assault and a previously suspended four-month sentence was activated (to be served consecutively).

Detective Constable Jess Day said: “Thanks to partnership working between city centre shops, Cambridge Business Against Crime (CAMBAC), CCTV operators in the city and police, Healy is now behind bars for an unprovoked attack on a security guard who was attempting to stop him following a spate of offences.

“As well as causing a financial loss to businesses, shoplifters like Healy can often be threatening and abusive towards shop workers. We hope this sentence will provide some respite to businesses in the city.”

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