Police officers don’t expect plaudits for doing their job, but that was exactly what they got after arresting a prolific burglar in North West London.
After a long search involving dog units and a helicopter, Met officers caught up with a man hiding in a back garden who had been wanted for six months. And as they led the suspect away to a waiting police van, neighbours showed their gratitude by applauding the officers on a successful arrest.
Superintendent Sara Leach, lead for operations at the North West Command Unit which covers Brent said: "This was brilliant work by officers, this man has been on the run for months and been the subject of a comprehensive manhunt. He was not only wanted for over seven burglaries but also wanted on a recall to prison. We are pleased that local residents are supportive of our actions in trying to catch criminals who believe they can continue to offend without any fear of getting caught.”
The 39-year-old suspect was recognised by officers as they patrolled in Harlesden on 31 July. He immediately made off and the officers gave chase.
It took some time to find him but the officers persisted, with a member of the public providing vital information, informing them that they had seen a man in a driveway. Officers caught the suspect shortly afterwards in a garden and he was arrested.