Teenager arrested in connection with a Wisbech shop owner who was attacked in the middle of the night

Haran store, Norfolk Street, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Haran store, Norfolk Street, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A teenager was arrested early today for suspected robbery and assault – hours after thousands of our readers had seen dramatic CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

Police arrested the 17 year old man at 4.20am today in Wisbech.

The arrest came after film of an attack on the Wisbech shopkeeper appeared on Wisbech Standard and Cambs Times websites yesterday.

The story, and accompanying images, was seen by 10,000 visitors to our sites during the day.

Shopkeeper Kanapathipillai Thivakaran, 40, hit a panic alarm when confronted by assailants at his Haran’s All In One store in Norfolk Street on January 10.


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CCTV images showed the alleged assault – but a video only came to light this week.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman confirmed that one man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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A spokesman said: “A 17 year old male suspect was arrested at 4.20am at an address in Wisbech.”

An earlier statement by police said they had received three calls concerning Haran’s Store in Norfolk Street on January 10, the first was received at 2.48am from a security company in relation to the panic alarm, the second was at 2.48am from the victim and the third was received at 2.50am, however this call was abandoned by the caller.

“Two officers were dispatched at 2.50am and arrived at the scene at 2.54am,” said the spokesman.

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