Tributes paid to suspected robber who died in Ashby

Tributes paid to dead suspected robber, Shane Bryant

Tributes have been paid to a suspected robber who died after being arrested for an armed raid at a Co-op store.

Shane Bryant, 29, was detained by members of the public after two men tried to rob the store on Thursday night in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He was taken ill shortly after the Police arrived at the scene.

The second suspect made off in a vehicle which was waiting outside the store. He is still being traced by Police.

Serina Larvin said the family was “absolutely heartbroken” after their “much loved friend… got taken away”. She has set up an online fundraising page to raise money “to give to his two children and help support the family”. The page has raised more than £1,500 so far.

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Ryan Thomas posted on Facebook that Mr Bryant “would put a smile on anybody’s face”.

He wrote: “God has taken you too early, absolutely ruined! Fly high Shane Bryant rest in peace (sic) bro!”

Mairead Evans, who has known Mr Bryant for more than 13 years, said: “I loved him like a brother. He always had my back.”

A 24-year-old man, who foiled Shane Bryant’s getaway, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm but has since been released pending further inquiries.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an investigation into the death.

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