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Have-a-go heroes acted lawfully and with reasonable force when they restrained an armed raider who died following a botched jewellery shop heist.
Robber Clint Townsend died when the shop's owner, manager and members of the public piled on top of him "in a big heap" to stop him running away.
The 33-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing after he tried to smash a display window outside the store and was bundled to the ground.
Townsend, of Barton Road, Headington, Oxford, was found to have been left brain dead by oxygen starvation to the brain and was pronounced dead at 1.15pm the next day.
Witnesses described nearly eight men restraining the would-be thief on the floor for three to four minutes before police arrived at Oxford's Covered Market.
Officers started resuscitation attempts after realising Townsend was unconscious and not breathing. He was left in a coma and died in hospital the next day.
The three-day inquest in Oxford heard heavy-set Townsend had an underlying heart condition which had been undiagnosed before his death.
An inquest into the death of a man who was restrained by the public after he tried to rob a jewellers has found he died from misadventure.
The inquest at Oxford County Council found that Clint Townsend, aged 33, died last year after he attempted to break in to the shop in Oxford's Covered Market.