Have-a-go heroes help police catch wanted man


Ordinary folk who went ‘over and above’ to help police catch a wanted man have been thanked for their good work.

The unusual chase took place on Saturday, September 27 after a pair of intervention officers on patrol in Hemel Hempstead spotted a man they wanted to speak with in connection with an assault.

The man made off from the officers on St Johns Road, Boxmoor, and was pursued on foot by PC Steve Roughton and PC Paul Archbold.

They continued to chase him through the back of the Seattle Steakhouse, onto Cotterells and into an alleyway.

PC Roughton said: “During this chase we were assisted by numerous members of public who guided us as to where he ran. A passing motorist also stopped his vehicle on Station Road, got out and again pointed us in the right direction.

“As we ran into Cotterells, a 4x4 pulled over and four men directed us to the side of a building site and directed us to the man’s location.

“We managed to stop him whilst he was trying to scale a gate. The men came and assisted us in trying to detain him. Assisting officers came and he was arrested and taken to custody.

“I’d like to thank these people for their help in locating this man. They went over and above what they needed to do.

“Unfortunately I was not able to get the names of the members of public involved however we wanted to express how grateful we are for their support.”

A 22-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested on suspicion of the assault – which took place on August 22 – and has been released on police bail while inquiries continue.

Were you one of the have-a-go heroes who helped police? Get in touch by emailing victoria.bull@jpress.co.uk.