‘Justice was done’ says hero

David Bletsoe-Brown
David Bletsoe-Brown
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The man who helped stop a thief get away from the scene of his crime has said he is satisfied justice has been done.

David Bletsoe-Brown tackled Elvin Lovell, who had tried to take two 22-inch televisions from PC World in Northfield Avenue, Kettering, in August last year.

Mr Bletsoe-Brown, the managing director of his own transport and self storage company, said he was pleased for PC World and their staff.

He added: “I could see the fear, the anxiety and the horror on the face of the PC World employees. I could see the law was being broken, and I wasn’t prepared to stand by and watch.”

And Mr Bletsoe-Brown, who was assaulted by Lovell during the incident as he was pulled from his van – which he had used to block Lovell’s vehicle – insisted he did not regret getting involved.

He said: “You do reflect on it. But I think if you are able to and can do, you should help to bring people to justice.”

Prosecuting, Keith Taylor told Kettering magistrates last week Lovell dropped the televisions, each valued at £169.99, after being chased by a PC World staff member.

Lovell ran off before returning to his vehicle. After discovering he had been boxed in, he pulled Mr Bletsoe-Brown from his van and tried to drive it away. But he gave up and fled on foot, and was later caught by police.

In mitigation, Lovell’s solicitor Jeremy Bowling said Lovell had no intention of stealing the van, saying: “Elvin Lovell was just trying to move David Bletsoe-Brown’s vehicle, not trying to take it.”

Lovell, 31 and originally from Wellingborough, was last week handed jail sentences of four weeks for theft, six weeks for assaulting Mr Bletsoe-Brown, six weeks for assaulting a PC World employee and four weeks for vehicle interference. The terms will run concurrently with a sentence Lovell is already serving for an unrelated matter.