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Suspect dies after he is grabbed by crowd

Taped off: A police tent covers the scene of the incident outside the Co-op store in Ashby, Leics PICTURES: SWNS

A SUSPECTED armed robber has died after being tackled by members of the public.

Shane Bryant, 29, was restrained by passers-by outside a Co-op store he allegedly had tried to rob. A suspected accomplice drove off. When police arrived, they called an ambulance and Mr Bryant was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Officers were responding to reports that two men were threatening staff with a baseball bat and a golf club, and demanding cash at the store in Ashby, Leicestershire.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said yesterday: ‘One suspect made off in a vehicle which was waiting outside. Mr Bryant was apprehended in the street by members of the public, but became ill and was taken to hospital.’ He died in hospital on Saturday following the incident on Thursday. The cause of death has yet to be established.

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A 24-year-old man was arrested and released on police bail on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Police have appealed for witnesses, including mobile phone and dashcam footage.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into Mr Bryant’s death.