CCTV shows 'Little Britain' shoplifters after woman stands up from wheelchair to steal food

Police compare one of the thieves to Matt Lucas' character Andy Pipkin

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Police in Coventry are looking for a pair of shoplifters "straight out of Little Britain" after CCTV showed a woman seemingly getting out of her wheelchair to steal goods from a shop.

West Midlands Police described the situation as looking like the Andy Pipkin sketch from the hit comedy show by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, involving a character who feigns disability.

The CCTV, which was taken at a Marks and Spencer store at a service station on the A45 in Finham, shows a man pushing a woman around in a wheelchair.

When they come to a halt down one of the aisles, the apparently wheelchair-bound woman stands up and walks around unaided, taking specific goods from the shelves and placing them under her coat.

She is not alone as the man helping to push her around the store is captured loading the woman's bag with food.

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Police said the pair took £60 worth of packaged meat. The theft took place at 5pm on January 11.

West Midlands Police are appealing for help in identifying the pair: the woman in the wheelchair is described as black, in her mid-30s and around 5ft7in. The man is of a similar age and roughly 6ft tall.

Police state that if anyone recognises the pair they should call 101 or the anonymous charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Video courtesy of West Midlands Police.

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