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Holy handcuffs! Batman drops suspect off at police station

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Adrian Lowe

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Caped crusader hands over suspect

A man dressed as the comic book superhero Batman is filmed handing over a wanted man at a British police station.

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It’s Batman to a tee. He’s got the outfit and the crime-fighting attitude.

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.

I’ve caught this one for you. 

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.

Caped crusader ... 'Batman' hands a suspect into police.

Caped crusader ... 'Batman' hands a suspect into police. Photo: Supplied

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!

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