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'I'd have got away but for those kids' - what captured suspect told police
Teenagers lent their bicycles to police so they could chase a suspect, who when caught, used the phrase made famous by Scooby Doo: "I'd have got away but for all those kids."
Pc Mark Lappin said without the youngsters the suspect would have probably got away.
He said: 'I was really impressed and thought it needed to be brought to public attention in the current climate. 'These youngsters behaved as any good citizen should do. They saw police officers in need of help and they gave it. 'When we eventually found the man hiding in a block of flats he said 'I'd have got away but for all those kids'. And he was right.'
Pc Lappin said he and a colleague were following a suspicious car in Cambridge at about 3pm on Tuesday.
"A man got out of the car and started to run and I gave chase," he said.
"First of all a boy came up to me and said 'he's hiding in that bush'. Then I gave chase again and two youngsters came along and lent us their bikes - so I and my colleague each climbed on these kids' mountain bikes and gave chase again. We eventually found him in an old people's complex." Where he would have stood out like a sore thumb anyway.
He added: "Youngsters get a bad press these days. I think we're a bit obsessed with 'yob culture' but I don't think that's fair. In my experience youngsters today are no different to what they've ever been. The behaviour of these kids just shows what young people can be like."
A 23-year-old man from Cambridge has been charged with driving without a licence, driving with no insurance, driving a motor vehicle without a test certificate, failure to stop for police and driving with no seatbelt. He has been bailed to appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on October 9.
All that was missing was the mutt.