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Posted on Friday 27 May 2022

An off-duty officer who was mid-way through paying for his new haircut stopped a suspected burglar earlier this week.

PC Sam Higginbotham, from C relief response in Bishop Auckland, had just had a fresh trim and was making his way to the till to pay when he spotted a familiar face lurking near to the barber shop in Crook.

After a second glance, Sam advised the cashier that he’d ‘be right back’ and ran out of the shop to chase down the man.

PC Higginbotham kept eyes on the suspect, relaying information to his colleagues until further units arrived.

Once the suspect was detained, Sam returned to the barbers and made payment for his trim with quite the story.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been charged in connection with the incident.He will appear at Durham Crown Court next month.

Chief Inspector Andy Reeves, from the Local policing command said: “This is an excellent example of one our officers going above and beyond to protect the people of County Durham and Darlington.

“Sam leapt into officer mode without a thought for his own safety, he saw his opportunity and helped in detaining the man who might have gone under the radar for a little while longer.

“A job well done Sam!”

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