A former Tesco security guard sat on the supermarket’s roof for 20 hours before his protest came to an end.
Bizarre footage shows police bundling the handcuffed man, former supermarket worker Adama Jammeh, into the back of a police van as members of the public heckle the officers.
While working as a security guard at the Tesco Extra in Portman Road, Reading, Mr Jammeh was accused of stealing from the store and sacked – but vowed to protest to clear his name.
This involved climbing onto the roof of the supermarket at about 6.15pm on Thursday and refusing to come down.
Earlier, the 45-year-old threatened to ‘throw himself to the ground’ if officers tried to detain him.
In the meantime, the store was closed and police cordoned off the area.
Mr Jammeh, who previously protested by standing outside the supermarket, claims he does not want his job back, but wants an apology.
Alan Brown, safety and security director for Tesco, has written to Mr Jammeh, acknowleding he has ‘been through a most difficult time both personally and professionally’ and promising to “review the circumstances of the situation that has led to your protest’.
But Mr Jammeh has not received the apology he believes he deserves.
Freddy Spiers, a friend of Mr Jammeh, said: ‘I know him through religion and know how good this man is, in our religion we can not lie.
‘His name was cleared by law, but for some mad reason, he is on a list that means he can never work again.
‘Adam is a man of very very deep faith and he holds to moral laws better than me. He is one of my few peers in life and it pains me a great deal to see him in such distress.’
In a statement, Tesco said: ‘We’re aware of an incident at our Reading West Extra store and are assisting police with the matter.’