A Muslim man came to the aid of a pensioner who had been a victim of burglary. 20-year-old student Saif Uddin heard the 72-year-old’s cries for help and gave chase.
Saif told Manchester Evening News: “The burglar was inside the house with a bag. The victim came out and said ‘he has robbed everything I have got’.
“I started chasing him and saw him in an alleyway hanging off the edge of a garden wall.
“I grabbed him and held him and said ‘you’re not going to escape’.
“I dragged him back and he was getting aggressive, so I threw him to the floor and put my weight on him.
Two security guards rushed over to help and handcuffed him until police arrived.
Saif, a religion and theology student at the University of Manchester said he had to act when he heard the old man’s calls for help:
“I don’t know what was going through my mind but there was something in my heart telling me to go after him no matter what.
“I just thought of my newborn niece and thought it could be my family targeted.
“The old man was shaking. I felt so bad for him. He has got a badly bruised hand and his debit and credit cards were stolen.
“I can’t believe he stole from an old man. I find it quite distressing.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said a 42-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
They added: “A man had been apprehended by the time officers arrived and was arrested at the scene.
“A mobile phone, bag, radio, wallet and some cash was taken in the incident but all items were recovered.”
Source | Cover photo: Sean Hansford