Saturday 20 January 2018

Tom Hardy 'in superhero mode' to catch teenager suspected of theft

By Francesca Gosling

Scotland Yard said the member of the public helped apprehend the driver.

Two teenagers were arrested following a suspected motorcycle theft after they were apprehended by a member of the public thought to have been actor Tom Hardy.

A witness told how the Hollywood star caught the driver after a dramatic chase through gardens and a building site during the incident on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police said it arrested the 16-year-old males near the actor’s home in Richmond, south-west London, and they have since been released.

Onlooker Arun Pullen, 22, told The Sun newspaper how two youths on a motorbike jumped a red light at a busy junction before crashing into a £50,000 Mercedes.

He said the 39-year-old Batman star “switched into superhero mode”, chasing down one of them before checking him for weapons.

“Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious,” he said.

“I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.”

Arun’s girlfriend Kalisha, a fan of the actor, added: “There was no mistaking him.”

Scotland Yard said in a statement on Tuesday: “At 12.34pm on Sunday April 23, a motorcycle was in collision with a car in Sheen Road, Richmond.

“Officers were not pursuing the motorcycle but happened to be present at the location at the time of the collision.

“Two 16-year-old boys immediately made off from the scene.

“The pillion passenger was detained by police a short distance away and was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and allowing to be carried.

“The rider of the motorcycle was detained by a member of the public in Church Road and then arrested by officers on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and being disqualified from driving.

“Both teenagers sustained injuries as a result of the collision and the London Ambulance Service was called.

“They were initially taken to a south London hospital for treatment and then taken into custody at a west London police station.”

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