Leicester police thank man for rugby tackling suspect

Police want to thank an unknown member of the public who "expertly" rugby tackled a fleeing suspect.

Officers were trying to arrest the suspect in Leicester city centre when he fled.

Another man stepped in and rugby tackled him in what Leicestershire Constabulary described as "a great example of public spiritedness".

The suspect has since been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

'Exceptional tackle'

PC Joe Postlethwaite, one of the arresting officers, said: "He was expertly tackled.

"It is fair to say he would not have been brought to justice had it not been for this exceptional tackle."

The incident happened at about 23:00 GMT on 25 November, on Mansfield Street, just off Church Gate.

After the suspect was rugby tackled, police caught up with him but the unknown member of the public left before officers could thank him.

Ch Supt Rob Nixon, commander of the city policing unit, said: "This was a great example of public spiritedness.

"I would like to meet this man to give him my personal thanks for going out of his way to help us."

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