Last week we were all left in awe of real-life action man Tom Hardy after it was claimed that he had helped chase down a suspected moped thief and put him in a citizen’s arrest in scenes that would not have been out of place in one of his Hollywood movies.
However, a woman has now come forward to claim that she was the one who carried out the chase, not Tom.
According to an onlooker, Tom had run after the boy who had crashed a stolen moped into a £50,000 Mercedes at a busy junction in London last Sunday.
The boy’s accomplice was caught within minutes but he took off on foot and Tom apparently chased him through gardens and a building site in Richmond before grabbing him and reportedly declaring: “I caught the c***.”
The onlooker also claimed that Tom pulled the boy into a bus stop, patted him down for hidden weapons and then checked his ID as they waited for the police.
However, according to 35-year-old Carly Holder, Tom’s involvement in the chase is a complete fabrication, with the engineer saying that she was having lunch with her partner at The Red Cow in Richmond when the drama unfolded.
Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, Carly explained: “It was me who chased the boy and hauled him back to the scene.
“I’m not seeking plaudits, but I would like Hardy to admit it wasn’t him.
“I made the arrest. The police spoke to me afterwards and thanked me for it.”
Tom Hardy’s spokesperson declined to comment and a member of the Metropolitan Police said a “member of the public” had assisted in the arrest but they would not clarify whether it was Tom or Carly.
Carly’s claims comes after the mother of one of the 16-year-old suspects came forward to reveal that her son is mentally ill and in desperate need of help.
She said earlier this week: “This isn’t a scummy, naughty child. People with mental health issues need support and cry out for help in many different ways.”
The mother-of-three revealed that he has ADHD, conduct disorder and autism and that she hopes the publicity his arrest has gained will help him secure treatment.