The 15st, 6ft 5in hero teenager who tackled bag snatcher
THIS is the teenage hero who tackled a mugger to the ground after seeing him snatch an elderly woman's handbag.
The Post reported last week how the passer-by chased and grabbed the thief in Long Eaton on January 11.
Police praised the bravery of the onlooker who stepped in and got back the bag, but did not name him.
Daniel Hardy decided to speak out after being interviewed by detectives and then seeing the report of his actions in the Post.
Daniel, of Beeston, said: "It was an instinctive thing more than anything. I don't really know how to explain it.
"I would have thought anyone else would do the same thing, but to be honest a lot of people have said to me since they wouldn't want to do it nowadays."
Daniel was getting on the Trent Barton indigo bus in Derby Road after work when the mugging happened at 5.10pm.
The driver called out after seeing the mugger snatch the 79-year-old victim's bag and run off along Derby Road. The area where it happened is also often called The Green.
Daniel said: "I ran straight off the bus and round the corner after him. I caught up with him and knocked him on to the floor.
"He went down on to the pavement. I'd kind of just run into him.
"I'm 18 and people have been saying how a lot of young people would not have done what I did – I think that's a stereotype that perhaps I've proved wrong."
Daniel, who is 6ft 5in and weighs 15 stone, wrestled with the mugger in Trent Street, snatching back the handbag.
A man in a red coat, who police have still not traced, followed Daniel as he chased the mugger and watched the thief as Daniel called police and walked back to the bus stop to return the bag.
"The lady was really thankful," he said. "People were saying 'thank you so much' and there were a couple of other women with her who said I was a hero.
"I think I was lucky not to get off worse – as I was struggling I hurt my hand."
He walked back to where the robber was sitting with the man in the red coat – but both had gone. It is thought the robber might have got away and the man chased him.
Daniel, who goes to the gym six times a week, works at Home Bargains, Long Eaton, but wants to become a personal trainer.
He added: "I would definitely do it again. People have been talking about it – I know my mum told a few shopkeepers and I've had a few random people come up to me and say I should be proud of what I did."
Derbyshire Police are still hunting the robber, who was described as white, about 5ft 10in and slim.
He had short, greying hair and wore a dark jacket, dark blue jeans and a baseball cap.
Detective Constable Denise Sandall said: "This is a serious crime and we are grateful to Mr Hardy and the other passers-by who put themselves at risk by detaining the suspect and helping the elderly victim.
"However, the robber escaped and we need the public's help to identify him.
"If you saw the robbery, or if you have any information, please contact us."
Contact Long Eaton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.