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Right foot of passer-by trips up suspect in police chase

Police are trying to trace a passer-by who helped police arrest a suspect after a chase in a busy town centre on Christmas Eve.

The woman tripped up the man police were pursuing in Hertford.

The man fell over allowing the police officers to catch up and arrest him.

Police in Hertfordshire have released CCTV footage of the incident in the hope of tracking down the quick-thinking passer-by to thank her for helping out.

The moment a woman tripped up a suspect that police were chasing in Hertford on Christmas Eve. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The incident happened just after 10.30pm on Christmas Eve when neighbourhood police officers were alerted to a group of men who had allegedly threatened a member of door staff at a venue in Hertford town centre.

Shortly after, the officers stopped a vehicle before one of the men inside made off.

A police constable gave chase and attempted to detain the suspect, who allegedly pushed her as he tried to get away.

Police gave chase following an incident with door staff at a venue in Hertford town centre. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

“I would like to praise the woman’s efforts in apprehending the suspect – her initiative allowed my officers to capture the suspect and quickly arrest him. “By the time the officers had detained him and transferred him to a police vehicle, the member of the public had left the scene so they did not get chance to say thank you. “If this was you, or you know the identity of this person, please call 101 and ask to speak to me as I would like to personally thank her for what she has done.”

– Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald, Hertfordshire Police
After the suspect was tripped over police caught up with him. Credit: Hertfordshire Police
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