Moment when Sainsbury’s staff drag ‘shoplifter’ away and shout ‘Allahu akbar’

By Jon Brady

01:59 May 18, 2024, updated 10:09 PM May 18, 2024

This is the shocking moment a suspected shoplifter is dragged into the storeroom of a Sainsbury’s in east London before staff appear to kick him behind closed doors.

Shocked shoppers captured the scene at the local supermarket on Mile End Road in Tower Hamlets this weekend, as angry staff shouted at the man to ‘stay on the ground’ – while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is the greatest ) shouts. .

An employee says to “bring him inside” and the man, who appears to be irritated and in distress, is dragged by the collar of his jacket to the storage area at the back of the store.

Staff are then seen kicking the man behind the door, which is labeled ‘Authorized staff only’ – as he appears to shout: ‘I’m sorry’.

A shocked eyewitness, who captured the violent incident on Saturday evening, told MailOnline that they did not think the level of violence from Sainsbury’s staff was necessary.

Police have confirmed they are aware of ‘counter-allegations’ made by the alleged thief against security staff at the store.

The staff then have difficulty pushing him through the back door
They realize that they are being filmed
Then an employee appears at the door of the warehouse
He contacts the person filming, after which the footage ends

The eyewitness said: ‘The shoplifter was quite unclean but he was not violent towards the shop assistants.

“He committed a crime (but) did not deserve to be repeatedly punched and kicked while on the ground. He could have easily been restrained and restrained.

‘I guess they stopped when they saw me recording. My concern was that the shoplifter was held for so long that he would continue to be abused.

‘Without my recording, I suspect no one would believe what had happened, especially the shoplifter.’

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The footage, sent to MailOnline by the witness, begins with employees running towards the entrance of the store shouting at the alleged thief.

He is then seen on the floor of the supermarket surrounded by staff.

A man angrily shouts at him to stay down as the suspected shoplifter shouts ‘Allahu akbar’ – an Arabic phrase meaning ‘God is the greatest’, which can be said in times of extreme joy or fear.

Sainsbury’s staff then dragged him by his coat to the storeroom as they struggled to get him over the threshold and behind the swinging door.

One staff member looks directly at the shocked bystanders as he tries to force the man into the storage room.

Through the window in the door, staff can be seen stamping and kicking the man as he repeatedly wails, “Allahu akbar.”

One of the employees shouts as he kicks the shoplifter, who appears to say “sorry” in response.

The footage ends moments later as a Sainsbury’s employee steps out of the storeroom and holds his hand up to the person filming.

The eyewitness called the police after the incident and later stopped a police car on the street to show officers the video. He then gave a witness statement.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police attended a supermarket in Mile End Road, E1, shortly after 6.30pm on Saturday, May 11.

‘A man was arrested by security staff on suspicion of shoplifting. The man has made counter-accusations against the security personnel.

“He was released on bail to go to a police station later.”

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: ‘We are urgently investigating.’

Eyewitnesses said the incident took place at the Sainsbury’s Local store on Mile End Road in London’s Tower Hamlets
In the year to December 2023, a total of 430,104 offenses were registered by the police. This figure is the highest since current records began in the year to March 2003.
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Shocking video recorded at a Greggs in Archway, North London, shows a shoplifter walking out with three sandwiches and two bottles of orange juice

The incident comes as shoplifting in Britain is at its highest level since records began – with thefts in 2023 a third higher than the previous year.

Retail bosses have accused ministers of essentially allowing shoplifting to be decriminalised, with many police forces not attending most reports and failing to collect evidence when they do.

Just under 40 percent of shoplifting reports in London were attended by the Met in the period to April 2023.

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Archie Norman, chairman of M&S, has gone so far as to claim that the police are ‘not interested’ in tackling the shoplifting epidemic.

Shoplifting is estimated to cost retailers £1 billion a year, with thefts more than doubling in the last six years.

Over the past month, CCTV footage captured two shoplifters brazenly stealing products from a Boots store just yards away from a police station in east London.

Elsewhere in the capital, two masked shoplifters were also recently recorded helping themselves to bottles of drinks from a Tesco store in Belsize Park – all as security guards and staff looked on.

In April, Rishi Sunak’s spokesman said the increase in shoplifting was ‘clearly unacceptable’, adding that the government believed an increase in shoplifting was caused by ‘organised crime’.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said shoplifting has a “corrosive effect” on people’s confidence, and police must attend every incident and monitor every investigation to send out the message that “you can’t just get away with it ‘.

Figures from the Association of Convenience Stores also show that 76,000 violent crimes took place in small shops last year, compared to 41,000.

Meanwhile, the British Retail Consortium said thefts will cost retailers £1.8 billion in 2022-23, up from £953 million the year before.

Shops have responded by labeling the most unlikely everyday items to deter thieves – from £2 chocolate bars to packets of cheese.

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