'Quick-thinking' van driver gives police officer lift to help snare Newcastle bike thief

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A "quick-thinking" van driver has been hailed after giving a police officer a lift during his pursuit of a bike thief in North Staffordshire. The officer was chasing the male suspect on foot but lost ground as he "recklessly" ran across four lanes of traffic.

The van driver offered the officer a lift and they managed to get ahead of the suspect, who was completely unaware of what had gone on. The man was arrested and the stolen mountain bike has been returned to its owner.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Police posted on its Facebook page: "Officers from Newcastle LPT would like to thank an unknown member of the public, who stopped to assist an officer during a foot chase yesterday evening. An officer was involved in a lengthy foot chase with a male who'd just been identified as stealing an expensive mountain bike from Bridge Street only a few minutes earlier.

"The male recklessly ran across 4 lanes of traffic and started to gain ground. A quick thinking van driver saw this happening and offered the officer a lift. The officer accepted the offer and managed to get ahead of the unbeknownst suspect. This public spirited moment lead to one under arrest and the mountain bike returned to a very grateful victim."

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