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Police swoop on Everton star Anichebe outside jeweller's

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Premier League footballer looking in a jeweller's window was swooped on by police who thought the star was casing the joint.

Directed by CCTV operators, officers rushed to the scene in Knutsford, Cheshire, and began a "heated dialogue" with Everton's Victor Anichebe and his friend.


The 20-year-old striker's pal was put in handcuffs after police believed the duo were possibly part of gang of raiders responsible for robberies on exclusive King Street.


When police detained them both, Nigerian-born Anichebe was wearing a leg cast following surgery. Today, Everton spokesman Ian Ross said: "Victor was deeply upset and very distressed by the incident.


"I believe he is still waiting for a full and unreserved apology from the police involved. "Once he has received that both the club and the player will consider the matter closed."


Cheshire Police would not answer alleged comments from the pair that white men would not have received the same treatment.


But a police source said no complaints had been received.


A police spokesman said: "For some time Cheshire Constabulary have been responding to a series of violent robberies targeting jewellers in Knutsford and in the wider Cheshire area.


"We have robust plans in place to respond swiftly to any report of any suspicious activity at or in the vicinity of jewellers' premises.


"As part of that plan, local CCTV operators actively and routinely monitor shopping areas and jewellers' premises, and on this occasion, identified what appeared to be two men acting suspiciously outside a jeweller's store on King Street, Knutsford.


"Police attended the location within minutes and upon speaking with the two men, a heated dialogue developed in an attempt to ascertain exactly what the two persons were doing outside the jeweller's premises.


"During the course of this exchange, an officer took the decision to restrain one of the two men concerned by applying handcuffs.


"It was subsequently ascertained that there was no criminal conduct whatsoever on behalf of the two men concerned and they were in no way involved in any criminal activity.


"It is only right and proper that the Police act expeditiously in protecting vulnerable premises such as jewellery shops.


"We seek in all cases to ask for co-operation from the public in respect of not only reporting suspicious activity in or around such areas, but also their co-operation if an officer feels it is necessary and appropriate to make enquiries into such matters.



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