CCTV: Police thank 'hero' for tripping up suspect during on-foot chase
A man has been hailed as a hero by police in England after he casually tripped up a suspect being chased by officers in Kingston.
CCTV from Saturday night has captured the moment a random punter stuck out his foot, sending the suspected drug dealer flying to the ground.
The man was walking arm-in-arm with a woman, but quickly let go when he saw the action coming his way. Afterwards, he casually walked away without even turning his head the other way.
The suspect has since been identified as a 17-year-old suspected of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, according to a statement from Scotland Yard to ITV.
"On Saturday, 6 February at 23:20 hours, officers on patrol near to Clarence Street, Kingston, were made aware of a report of two males seen dealing drugs at the location," the statement said.
"The males left prior to the arrival of police but one of them was stopped by police near to the scene. Officers attempted to speak to the male who then made off.
"With the help of a member of the public he was detained a short time later.
The video, which was originally added to Facebook, has been viewed close to 250,000 times in less than 24 hours.