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Batman unmasked (and he's no Bruce Wayne): Costume-wearing vigilante who marched suspect into a police station is a Chinese takeaway delivery driver
Man in full Batman costume brought suspect in by the scruff of his neck Vigilante declared 'I've caught this one for you' before disappearing
Caped crusader revealed as Chinese takeaway delivery driver Stan WorbySuspect was a friend of Mr Worby's who was wanted for fraud
12:41 GMT, 4 March 2013
08:50 GMT, 5 March 2013
The vigilante dressed as Batman who frogmarched a wanted man into a police station was today unmasked as a Chinese takeaway delivery driver.
Stan Worby, 39, stunned officers and passers-by when he swept into the station in a caped crusader costume from the 1960s TV series before vanishing into the night.
CCTV footage shows the slightly
overweight superhero taking the fraud suspect to the front desk, where he calmly
waited for the duty officer and then told him: ‘Here you
are, it’s over to you now.’
Dark Knight rises: The man dressed as Batman stayed with the alleged crook before disappearing
Batman unmasked: Stan Worby, 39, has revealed himself as the man who delivered a crook to a Bradford police station dressed as the caped crusader
The man Mr Worby delivered to the station was actually his friend, Daniel Frayne, who explained who he was to the officer.
CCTV footage had earlier caused a frenzy
on the internet as viewers speculated who the superhero might be. Last night, Mr Worby claimed it was him.
After being escorted into Trafalgar
House police station at 1.35am last Monday, Frayne was arrested on
suspicion of burglary, fraud and breach of a court order.
He was later
charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences and is due
to appear before the city’s magistrates on Friday.
Kapow! The vigilante hands over the wanted man at a police station in Bradford
Pow!: A 27-year-old man is now due at Bradford Magistrates' charged with handling stolen goods
A police spokesman said: ‘The person
who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman
His identity, however, remains unknown. The Batman outfit was a
normal fancy dress costume and whoever had decided to put it on knew
the suspect was wanted by police.’
Residents on the street where Frayne
lives with his girlfriend said police had been looking for him for
‘They drove up and down here every day to check on the
house and we’ve not seen him around here for quite a while,’ said
neighbour Kaley Wilkinson, 27.
‘He’s a very serious-looking guy and not the sort of person you would think would be involved in a prank.’
Gotham City or Bradford City: The identity of heroic Batman remains a mystery
'Sense of the surreal': Stan Worby, centre, dressed as Batman, is photographed with friends also in fancy dress, including sidekick Robin
Emergency service: Mr Worby was posing as the 1960s reincarnation of Batman, played by Adam West (above) in the TV series alongside Burt Ward as Robin
Wherever the superhero came from, he
certainly caused a stir. Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev Nick Baines,
said: ‘I think it’s dead funny.
'The only thing that concerns me –
judging from the waistline and tights – is that he doesn’t look that
City council leader David Green added: ‘Clearly, whoever this
individual is has a good sense of humour and a sense of the surreal.’
A police source said: ‘We think it’s a friend who obviously thought this would be a funny thing to do.’