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Passer-by trips suspected drug dealer during police chase

A suspected drug dealer was tripped up by a quick-thinking member of the public Credit: MPS Kingston

A man who helped officers apprehend a suspected drug dealer by sticking out his foot and tripping him up has been hailed a "legend" by police.

In video footage released by Kingston Police the unidentified passer-by can be seen walking arm-in-arm with a woman when he spots the ongoing police chase and casually uses his foot to create an obstacle for the suspect.

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After the fleeing suspect - since identified as a 17-year-old youth who was suspected of possessing Class A drugs with an intent to supply - trips and goes flying two police officers quickly jump on their chance to make their arrest.

The brave passerby who helped stop the would-be drug dealer then nonchalantly walks away with barely a backward glance.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed an arrest was made following the late night, February 6, police chase.

On Saturday, 6 February at 23:20 hours, officers on patrol near to Clarence Street, Kingston, were made aware of a report of two males seen dealing drugs at the location.

The males left prior to the arrival of police but one of them was stopped by police near to the scene. Officers attempted to speak to the male who then made off.

With the help of a member of the public he was detained a short time later.

– Scotland Yard spokesman