A councillor has warned the wrong message is being sent out to young offenders after a teenager who attempted to rob a shop was let off with a caution.
A citizen’s arrest was performed on the 16-year-old, as well as a 15-year-old who was released without charge after the incident at the Co-op store in Chain Lane, Staining.
Coun John Singleton, who represents Staining on Fylde Council, described their release as “unbelievable”.
He said: “The actions of the police were swift on that day, but this gives no confidence to the public.
“It was to my amazement one was given a caution and the other was released.
“It sends the wrong message out to potential offenders in that there’s little in the way of deterrent if the Government and police continue in this action of slapping wrists.”
During the incident, which happened on September 25, the youths tried to steal cigarettes and leave the scene, but were stopped by two customers who were also in the store.
In the commotion, a shop worker and a customer were knocked to the ground.
Coun Singleton added: “It was an amazing thing to happen in broad daylight,
“One might expect it in the darkness of night but for it to happen in a public place in daylight is in itself worrying.”
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Each incident is dealt with on its own merits and a number of factors are taken into consideration, alongside national Home Office guidelines, when deciding how an offender will be dealt with.
“The full circumstances surrounding an incident are considered and, in this case, a decision was made that a caution was the most appropriate course of action.”