Man remanded on shoplifting and assault charges after Tesco Extra knife incident

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A suspected thief is to appear in court accused of assault and shoplifting from Tesco Extra at Westwood.

The charges are in connection with an incident in which a male member of staff at the store suffered injuries to his face shortly before 6pm on New Year’s Day. A customer at the scene intervened after seeing the struggle between a man and shop staff and security.

Brett Whitehead, 45, and of no fixed address was charged on Thursday, January 2 with stealing meat from the store, threatening a person with a knife in a public place, and two counts of assault by beating.

Mr Whitehead appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday, January 3 where he was remanded in custody.

The case will next be heard in court on a date to be confirmed.

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