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By / 03.04.13

British Batman’s costume doesn’t seem to fit very well, but you can’t argue with his crime-fighting skills. The unidentified man above was captured by closed-circuit cameras at a police station in northern England, where he dropped off a 27-year-old man wanted for burglary. He kind of looks like if you roused Batman late at night and he only had time to throw on some slippers.

Closed-circuit television footage showed a portly figure wearing an ill-fitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England.
The suspect was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, said the force. But the costumed crime-fighter disappeared into the night without leaving his name.
“The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” said a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police. “His identity, however, remains unknown.”
The suspect was handed over in the early hours of February 25, said police who released photos of the footage on Monday. [Reuters]

Compared to the heavily-armed populace of the US, Britain is still a largely gentle place, where British Batman can fight crime effectively using nothing but his wits, his own two hands, and a utility belt filled with bangers and sausage rolls in case he gets hungry. His only superpower is that he cares. When a crime has been committed, British Batman immediately bursts into action, downing the rest of his pint and loudly demanding “Oi! Wot’s aw dis den?”

British Batman seeks no recompense for his heroic acts of vigilantism, though in their gratitude, the Yorkshire police occasionally pay him in puddings. More than half of his crime-fighting schemes involve dressing up as a lady.


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