Security guard in syringe attack

Police want to speak to this woman after a security guard was threatened with a syringe outside Iceland  on Topping Street

Police want to speak to this woman after a security guard was threatened with a syringe outside Iceland on Topping Street

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A SECURITY guard who was attacked by a suspect shoplifter wielding a syringe today said he feared his life had been “wrecked”.

Dave Garroch was working at the Iceland store on Topping Street when he confronted a woman over the theft of two blocks of cheese.

Dave Garroch

Dave Garroch

The 30-year-old said he was guiding the woman back into the store when she “lashed out”, produced a syringe and threatened to stab him in the stomach.

The guard let go of the woman, who then lunged at him with the needle before running from the scene.

Mr Garroch said: “When I got home that night I found a scratch on my leg – I was worried sick.

“My partner and I are trying for a kid. If I had contracted anything from that syringe, it could have wrecked my life.”

Mr Garroch, who is from Liverpool, went to the hospital for tests. A couple of days later he was given the all clear by doctors.

Police have now released a CCTV image (above) of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

PC Mark Mottashed, from Blackpool Police, said: “This was a very nasty and traumatic incident for the gentleman involved and he has been left shaken by what has happened.

“I would appeal to anybody who may have witnessed it to contact police. I would also like to speak to anybody who thinks they may recognise the person in the CCTV or the description of the woman.

“This sort of crime will not be tolerated by the town centre neighbourhood policing team and robust action will be taken against those offending in this way.”

The incident happened around 12.45pm on Sunday, May 15.

The woman is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft tall with short black hair and a longer fringe some of which is dyed blonde.

She had a dark coloured tattoo on one side of her neck and was wearing a black zip-up Nike jacket and black Nike trousers.

She was carrying a blue plastic, drawstring bag with a JD emblem on both sides and had a local accent and a deep voice.

Anybody with any information can call police on 08451 25 35 45.