A PLUCKY pensioner waiting for a hip replacement and a tenacious copper teamed up to take down a violent burglar.
Norman Hutton was meeting a friend at The Woodman’s Rest pub in Shirley on February 17, when he saw PC Gareth O’Sullivan grappling with the suspect.
“I saw the two men struggling, rolling over and over,” said the 68-year-old.
“I realised one was a policeman and all I could see was this fella needed help so I just sort of got stuck in. He was kicking out so I wrapped my arms round his legs so the policeman could get on with his job.
“A few minutes later, around half a dozen police cars came along and took over.”
PC O’Sullivan had tried to stop the suspect after seeing him speed away from a break-in on Stratford Road in a transit van. But he refused to stop and careered into the officer, sending him crashing through fence panels.
Despite his injuries, PC O’Sullivan continued his pursuit and when the 30-year-old thug attempted to flee on foot, he wrestled him to the ground.
Now both the officer and Mr Hutton have been honoured at a West Midlands Police Awards Ceremony, PC O’Sullivan receiving a Chief Constable’s Commendation while Mr Hutton was presented with a Good Citizen Award.
On receiving the award, Mr Hutton said: “I was amazed, I’d forgotten all about it.”
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, said: “PC O’Sullivan was determined he wouldn’t escape; he’d been through a frightening ordeal and made a brilliant arrest.”
The man, from Chelmsley Wood, was jailed for three years and banned from driving for three years on July 20, after admitting burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and assault.