Officers applauded after wanted burglar is captured

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A man who was wanted for a number of burglaries in north and west London and had evaded capture for six months has been arrested thanks to eagle-eyed officers in Brent.

The officers from the Response Team were on patrol in Harlesden on Tuesday, 31 July at around 20:00 hours when they spotted the 39-year-old man, who they recognised as wanted for in excess of seven burglaries in the boroughs of Ealing, Brent, Barnet and Hammersmith & Fulham.

As soon as he was aware that he had been recognised, he made off from officers who gave chase.
He hid from them with the Dog Support Unit and National Police Air Service called to the area to assist with the search.

It took sometime 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 of a property in St Mary’s Road, NW10.

Officers caught the suspect at the rear garden of a property in Park Road junction with Cecil Road and he was arrested.

Local residents showed their gratitude to the officers for their tenacity by applauding them as they led him away to the police van.

The man remains in custody at a north London police station.

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.

The persistence and determination of the officers to locate him should be praised along with the information given to us by a member of the public which assisted us in tracking his movements and eventually arresting him. 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.

This demonstrates we will pursue and prosecute those who damage the lives of law-abiding people. By taking a prolific criminal like this off the streets we will hopefully avoid a large number of local residents of becoming future victims of burglary”.