A different kind of WEDDING TACKLE! A brave groom took time out from his own wedding to make a citizen’s arrest when he spotted a pervert at his wedding.
Mark Hobbs was posing for photos with his new wife Amanda on the steps of the register office when he spotted a “peeping Tom,” whom, it was later claimed, had been using his camera to take photographs up the skirts of some of the guests.
Mark, who hails from Mangotsfield in Gloucestershire, originally saw the 28 year-old man kneeling on the ground near some guests and suspecting him of stealing a camera from the handbag of one of the guests.
44 year-old Mark, along with his Best Man and stepson, chased the pervert for 200 metres before Mark brought him to the ground with a rugby tackle. Mark performed a citizen’s arrest and restrained the man for ten minutes while the wedding party awaited the arrival of police who then turned up and arrested the man on suspicion of voyeurism.
Mark, who is a window-maker, said of the unusual end to his nuptials: “I wasn’t expecting to chase someone down the street while wearing my best suit but it certainly proved a talking point.”
His new wife Amanda, who is employed as a barmaid, said: “I was a bit surprised when half the wedding party were tearing down the road. I didn’t know what had gone on. They all came back panting. It didn’t ruin the day at all. Everyone says we’re quite a chaotic couple. Guests were telling us, ‘this sort of thing would only ever happen at your wedding’.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The suspect had a camera and a phone in his possession which were seized.” The 28 year-old man, who was arrested in Bristol, has since been released on bail.