Batman returns! Caped Crusader delivers criminal to police in UK

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Batman, the Dark Knight, is afoot! He’s got the outfit and the crime-fighting attitude.


The real-life Batman, all dressed up with his cowl and cape, delivers a wanted man to Bradford police.
The real-life Batman, all dressed up in his cowl and cape, delivers a wanted man to Bradford police.


But unlike the character’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne, this amateur sleuth is anonymous no more; probably because Bradford, England, is a much smaller place than Gotham City.

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Police at Trafalgar House station were left baffled last week when a man dressed as the comic book hero walked in, escorting a 27-year-old wanted man.

Batman said: ‘‘I’ve caught this one for you,’’ and, wrote officers on the local police Facebook page, he ‘‘promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford’’.

The whole episode, described by police as ‘‘bizarre’’, got the city talking. Local costume shop employee Kathryn Sutcliffe remembered selling a Batman outfit days before the arrest.

‘‘Usually they want the Dark Knight costume but he wanted this one. He wanted the one with the muscly chest as well. It’s like the one Del Boy wears in Only Fools and Horses,’’ she told the BBC.

Unfortunately for Batman, his visible paunch meant he didn’t quite look as sleek as he should.

And unlike Bruce Wayne in the comic book and the films, whose identity has been kept from Gotham City locals for decades, this Batman’s identity was only secret for a short time.

Police now believe that Batman was a friend of the wanted man, who will face court later this week on burglary and fraud charges.

But Bradford locals hope Batman will stick around a little longer to help them tackle crime.

Holy smokes! To the Batmobile!--Source: Canberra Times


In another news story, the Herald Sun wrote, that the Caped Crusader has been unmasked as a Chinese take-away delivery driver.

Batman unmasked: Stan Worby
Batman unmasked: Stan Worby
The superhero has been named by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper as 39 year-old Chinese take-away delivery driver Stan Worby who is a mate of the suspect Danny Frayne.

Football-mad Mr Worby had put on the Batman costume and travelled to Wembely stadium in London to watch Bradford City's final cup match against Swansea.

He then got a call from his friend asking him if he could take him to the local police station where he was wanted for questioning.  He picked his mate up in a minibus at 1:30am and took him to the station, after he got home from the game.

"I'd had a lot to drink and it was a great day out - I got some strange looks when I got to the cop station though. One policeman looked at me and just laughed," he said.


In an unrelated incident in January, a man dressed as Batman put an end to a brawl in a chip shop in Stockport in Greater Manchester.

Sadly, wannabe Batmans sometimes turn their powers to evil, as in November last year, when West Yorkshire police sought a Batman lookalike in relation to an assault in Halifax.

On that occasion, the Caped Crusader was accompanied by not one but two Robins, a Superman and an adult-sized baby, in a white jump suit and bonnet.--Source: The Herald Sun.


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