Two Good Samaritans lead heroic chase to tackle suspected burglar in Hebburn
Two Good Samaritans led a heroic chase to stop a suspected burglar after he targeted a woman in Hebburn.
The men chased after the man when he reportedly snatched the handbag of a woman in the Aldi car park on Glen Street.
Northumbria Police received reports that the woman was packing her car when approached by a male who threatened her, before swiping her handbag and making off.
Two members of the public witnessed what had happened and chased after the suspect.
A 50-year-old man was arrested and later charged with robbery.
Today, Inspector Denise Easdon paid tribute to the quick-thinking men who retrieved the woman’s handbag, which had her phone and purse inside.
Inspector Easdon said: “This was an outstanding team effort between the public and our officers to ensure a suspected robber was quickly detained.
“I would like to commend both men for their bravery and swift actions which were instrumental in securing this positive outcome, as well as the officers who were on patrol and were able to intervene.
“The suspect will now appear before the courts, and I would like to reiterate that this type of criminality will not be tolerated.
“We are proud of the spirit and togetherness within our communities, something this region is famed for, but when a minority of people look to bring misery to others for purely selfish means we will take robust action against them.
“We will continue to do all we can to ensure this area remains a safe place to live and work, and would like to thank the community for their ongoing support. If you see anything suspicious, always report it.”