TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after officers retrieved a reported £1,300 worth of cosmetic items from a van.

Essex Police were called into action shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, alongside members of the Counter Crime Partnership and local security guards.

The force had received reports that two men had left a shop in Clacton with several products without paying for them.

Following a multi-agency effort, which included a dog unit, at least three police cars were seen surrounding a vehicle in Hayes Road, Clacton.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing several officers, in addition to members of the Counter Crime Partnership, detain one person before putting them in handcuffs.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Essex Police has now confirmed two men were arrested on suspicion of theft, but the force's investigations are ongoing.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Two men were arrested in Hayes Road, Clacton, today, Wednesday September 30.

"They were believed to have left a store in Clacton with a number of items without paying for them.  

"A man in his 20s and a boy in his late teens were both arrested on suspicion of theft. 

"Both remain in custody."

According to PC Toby Wilde, who was at the scene of the arrests, just shy of £1,300 worth of beauty products were seized from the van.