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Shoplifter jailed after knocking out Marks & Spencer security guard’s teeth in Cambridge

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

Blake Healy, of Willow Walk, assaulted the guard after stealing alcohol from Marks & Spencer on January 6.

Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. Picture: Keith Heppell

The guard followed Healy, 25, into Hobson’s Passage. But he was punched in the face and lost two front teeth from his bottom jaw.

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

Healy pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on January 7 to four counts of theft between January 3 and 6 from stores in Sidney Street, as well as common assault of a Sainsbury’s employee and causing actual bodily harm to the M&S guard.

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

Det Con 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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