Eagle-eyed police officers raced to the aid of a helpless student – who was being beaten and robbed in a three-on-one attack.
The student was attacked near Lancaster Circus in the city centre, with police spotting a struggle on CCTV.
Officers stationed in the control centre, meanwhile, pursued the trio via city cameras before calling in a police team from nearby Newtown.
Firearms officers also assisted, with the trio sprinting off before police swooped to make two successful arrests.
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The student’s stolen property was also recovered.
The Force Response Team said: “Police cctv monitoring Lancaster circus picked up three males beating and robbing a student.
“Followed on camera and A unit Newtown officers directed in.
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@gay_chrisx Well done to all officers, and most of all the due diligence and perfect eye from the CCTV operator!
@dave401uk Great work, thank you
@VillaMad3 What is wrong with these people, why don’t they go out and get a job and earn their money honestly.
@Tim16477869 Well done, more scumbags dealt with
@stevehmagic good stuff. catch the scum
@GaryWright70 Result is punishment of the guilty.
@JanDean4 Well done to all concerned
“2 detained following a footchase and scuffle.
“Thanks to @firearmsWMP for their support. Property recovered. Great result.”