AN ARMED shoplifter grappled with staff before escaping.

The man was confronted by workers at Sports Direct in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Huddersfield yesterday afternoon over suspicions he was trying to steal goods.

A struggle broke out, which continued in the T-Mobile shop next door as the man tried to get away.

The robber was reported to have a knife and was also carrying bolt croppers.

He managed to free himself and fled from the centre at about 3.40pm.

Police later arrested a man.