Man spent five hours in police cell accused of swapping the price tag on a turkey joint

Gazette: Man spent five hours in police cell accused of swapping the price tag on a turkey joint Man spent five hours in police cell accused of swapping the price tag on a turkey joint

A MAN was hauled away in handcuffs and held in a police cell for five hours after he was accused of tampering with price stickers on a turkey joint.

Robert Trickett, 47, was confronted by security guards at a self-service till at Morrisons in Little Clacton.

They accused him of putting a £4.50 discounted price tag on a turkey joint.
 

Mr Trickett said: “I only went in for a few bits and spotted the turkey joint on discount.

"I love a bargain and try to eat healthily so thought I’d snap it up.

“The scanner beeped at me and an assistant said there was a problem with the label and went off.

“She came back with a security guard and he said I had changed the label.
 

“I told him I had done no such thing and to go away and check his CCTV.”
 

About 15 minutes later the shop assistant came back and told Mr Trickett has was banned from the store and asked for his name.
 

He refused to give his name and staff called the police.
 

Mr Trickett, of Bentley Avenue, Jaywick, said: “I was carted off to the police station and put in a cell for five-and-a-half hours.
 

“No CCTV turned up and after being interviewed I was released with no further action.”
 

He is angry he has not received an apology from Morrisons, but said he will not shop at the store again.
 

He said: “I have done nothing wrong, but I was ashamed and humiliated as they took me out of the store in handcuffs.”
 

Essex Police confirmed a man was arrested after officers were called by the supermarkert on November 6 at 4.30pm.
 

A spokeman said: “He was released without charge as there on sufficent evidence.”
 

A spokesman for Morrisons said it is duty bound to report suspected crimes to the police.

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6:50am Wed 4 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

There is no evidence to confirm he changed the ticket and we all know Supermarkets are not whiter than white when it comes to incorrectly pricing goods. So if he feels that strong about it then he can always sue Morrisons! I definitely would if something like this happened to me.

But first write to them, ask for an apology and expect compensation for the time in custody and for personal embarrassment. If they don't respond sue!
There is no evidence to confirm he changed the ticket and we all know Supermarkets are not whiter than white when it comes to incorrectly pricing goods. So if he feels that strong about it then he can always sue Morrisons! I definitely would if something like this happened to me. But first write to them, ask for an apology and expect compensation for the time in custody and for personal embarrassment. If they don't respond sue! Say It As It Is OK?

10:03am Wed 4 Dec 13

Fnagster says...

Morrisons may have suspected foul play but without any evidence they're stuffed. I expect stories like this will sprout up regularly as people go crackers during the festive season.
Morrisons may have suspected foul play but without any evidence they're stuffed. I expect stories like this will sprout up regularly as people go crackers during the festive season. Fnagster

10:13am Wed 4 Dec 13

Mr Honest says...

Looks like you have eaten enough Turkey to last a lifetime!
Looks like you have eaten enough Turkey to last a lifetime! Mr Honest

10:14am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
There is no evidence to confirm he changed the ticket and we all know Supermarkets are not whiter than white when it comes to incorrectly pricing goods. So if he feels that strong about it then he can always sue Morrisons! I definitely would if something like this happened to me.

But first write to them, ask for an apology and expect compensation for the time in custody and for personal embarrassment. If they don't respond sue!
Couldn't agree more. Surprised the police arrested him given the lack of evidence.

Unless, of course, this isn't the first time he has been involved in something like this.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: There is no evidence to confirm he changed the ticket and we all know Supermarkets are not whiter than white when it comes to incorrectly pricing goods. So if he feels that strong about it then he can always sue Morrisons! I definitely would if something like this happened to me. But first write to them, ask for an apology and expect compensation for the time in custody and for personal embarrassment. If they don't respond sue![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Surprised the police arrested him given the lack of evidence. Unless, of course, this isn't the first time he has been involved in something like this. Ritchie_Hicks

10:35am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ontheball says...

To me the arrest was unlawful since no evidence was produced to support the allegation. Would depend on whether he was prepared to give his details to police. If not, then he left himself open to arrest, but if he was prepared to, then the arrest was unlawful.
To me the arrest was unlawful since no evidence was produced to support the allegation. Would depend on whether he was prepared to give his details to police. If not, then he left himself open to arrest, but if he was prepared to, then the arrest was unlawful. Ontheball

11:21am Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Ontheball wrote:
To me the arrest was unlawful since no evidence was produced to support the allegation. Would depend on whether he was prepared to give his details to police. If not, then he left himself open to arrest, but if he was prepared to, then the arrest was unlawful.
agree all, but lets be quite fair here,
its only the gazette reporting the Ahem, "facts" like this..
"A spokeman said: “He was released without charge as there on sufficent evidence.”
THE ON SUFFICENT - what, on a bus, on the moon, ontop of Clactons simply fantastic town square christmas tree- its the gazette reporting strangely again bless `em..
anyway, where`s that addage of not guilty until proven,
unless..... unless.... your our dear old ritchie ->
"Unless, of course, this isn't the first time he has been involved in something like this."
good old ritchie, already standing, waiting with the hangmans noose just in time for christmas....
Notwithstanding, we have a gem (in his eyes) of "Looks like you have eaten enough Turkey to last a lifetime!""
Ohhh dear mr honest, your so bitchie this morning, thats not very goodwill to all men is it, infact, far from it, show us all a picture of yourself today, so we can compare just how sweet and light of foot you are eh...


ha..ha..ha..
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: To me the arrest was unlawful since no evidence was produced to support the allegation. Would depend on whether he was prepared to give his details to police. If not, then he left himself open to arrest, but if he was prepared to, then the arrest was unlawful.[/p][/quote]agree all, but lets be quite fair here, its only the gazette reporting the Ahem, "facts" like this.. "A spokeman said: “He was released without charge as there on sufficent evidence.” THE ON SUFFICENT - what, on a bus, on the moon, ontop of Clactons simply fantastic town square christmas tree- its the gazette reporting strangely again bless `em.. anyway, where`s that addage of not guilty until proven, unless..... unless.... your our dear old ritchie -> "Unless, of course, this isn't the first time he has been involved in something like this." good old ritchie, already standing, waiting with the hangmans noose just in time for christmas.... Notwithstanding, we have a gem (in his eyes) of "Looks like you have eaten enough Turkey to last a lifetime!"" Ohhh dear mr honest, your so bitchie this morning, thats not very goodwill to all men is it, infact, far from it, show us all a picture of yourself today, so we can compare just how sweet and light of foot you are eh... ha..ha..ha.. tomtheDJ

11:24am Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Another point we all missed is this ->
Man spent five hours in police cell accused of swapping the price tag on a turkey joint""

man spent 5 hours in the joint over a joint,
oh how very yank eh...
Another point we all missed is this -> Man spent five hours in police cell accused of swapping the price tag on a turkey joint"" man spent 5 hours in the joint over a joint, oh how very yank eh... tomtheDJ

10:14pm Wed 4 Dec 13

fredtyom5 says...

I think the facts need to be addressed as firstly police can not and would not just arrest someone unless they had grounds to i.e previous or facts at time and secondly this is in a newspaper so most of it is most probaly untrue and incorrect and also states that he refused to give his name and address but happy to give it to the paper to publish what rubbish. Also how can you sue a company that is done as police ask for detaining a "Shoplifter" then calling them as they ask and the POLICE not Morrisons, but POLICE arrested turkey man so they must of deemed at the time of arrest that they had grounds to do, because they wouldnt of done if they had not and why was he handcuffed they only handcuff for again violent previous or he is know to run which if you look could not of done or was violent in Morrisons so think before you assume because i don't know what happen and nor does any of the comment people.
I think the facts need to be addressed as firstly police can not and would not just arrest someone unless they had grounds to i.e previous or facts at time and secondly this is in a newspaper so most of it is most probaly untrue and incorrect and also states that he refused to give his name and address but happy to give it to the paper to publish what rubbish. Also how can you sue a company that is done as police ask for detaining a "Shoplifter" then calling them as they ask and the POLICE not Morrisons, but POLICE arrested turkey man so they must of deemed at the time of arrest that they had grounds to do, because they wouldnt of done if they had not and why was he handcuffed they only handcuff for again violent previous or he is know to run which if you look could not of done or was violent in Morrisons so think before you assume because i don't know what happen and nor does any of the comment people. fredtyom5

1:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Madcowmac says...

Ashamed and humiliated, yet willing to speak to press about it.
Ashamed and humiliated, yet willing to speak to press about it. Madcowmac

1:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

HARRY438 says...

Local cops jump every time the supermarkets snap their fingers. Guilty until proven guilty is the rule with those places. Don't underestimate the power of supermarket management . Mind how you go!
Local cops jump every time the supermarkets snap their fingers. Guilty until proven guilty is the rule with those places. Don't underestimate the power of supermarket management . Mind how you go! HARRY438

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