Holy smoke, Batman… this is Bradford, not Gotham City! Mystery superhero marches villain to police stationMan 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
06:27 GMT, 5 March 2013
On the mean streets of Gotham City, he uses his physical prowess, intellect and state-of-the-art weapons to snare villains.
Over on the streets of Bradford, however, it seems Batman’s targets give in with a little less coercion.
A caped crusader astonished officers and passers-by when he dragged a wanted man into a police station in the city centre before vanishing into the night.
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
But observers were also quick to note
that the brave vigilante appeared somewhat lacking in the menace and
muscle that one might expect from a superhero.
CCTV footage shows the slightly
overweight Batman taking a suspect into the station, where he calmly
waited for the duty officer on reception and then told him: ‘Here you
are, it’s over to you now.’
The wanted man, Daniel Frayne, explained who he was to the officer and moments later Batman was gone.
The absence of a Batmobile to spirit
him away was just one of the clues that the mysterious masked figure
wasn’t quite who he appeared to be. The footage also made it clear that
Batman was not required to use any physical force to detain his subject –
leading police to conclude that the superhero was simply a friend of
Frayne’s in fancy dress.
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
Still, even if the Bradford Batman was really the Joker, it didn’t stop pictures of him causing a frenzy on the internet.
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.
A police spokesman said: ‘The person
who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman
outfit. 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.’
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
Residents on the street where Frayne
lives with his girlfriend said police had been looking for him for
several weeks. ‘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.’
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.’