Southend PCSO breaks leg trying to stop shoplifter
A police community support officer broke his leg trying to stop a suspected shoplifter at a supermarket.
PSCO Paul Dallimore, 52, was trying to detain the man at Sainsbury's Local in Southend when they both fell over.
The suspect "made a run for it" following the incident, at about 21:45 GMT on Saturday, in the store on Southchurch Road.
Mr Dallimore is to have an operation after suffering a "nasty break to his lower leg", Essex Police said.
Insp Matt Bennett said: "I have to praise Paul for his efforts in trying to detain the man so he could be questioned.
"He has received a nasty break to both bones in his leg for his trouble and sadly the man made a run for it."
Mr Dallimore was on duty and in uniform at the time of the incident.
Essex Police has released a CCTV image, which shows the alleged shoplifter.