A BRAVE Good Samaritan has helped police seize more off-road bikes by stepping in to help catch a suspected dangerous rider who fled following a collision in Solihull.
The man, who did not want to be identified, made a citizen’s arrest after a pedestrian was hit by one of the bikes in Dorridge.
Two off-road bikes were believed to have been causing a nuisance in Station Road just after 12.15pm on Sunday (July 10) when one of them struck a 54-year-old woman who was walking on the pavement.
Passers-by rushed to the aid of the woman who suffered a fractured foot and bruising and an 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene.
The other rider, aged 19, tried to flee the area but was detained by the Good Samaritan just off Station Road until officers arrived.
Both teenagers were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and bailed as further enquiries continue.
Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, from Solihull Police, praised the actions of the man who helped to detain the suspect.
He said: “This is a great example of active citizenship and working with the police to make our communities safer.
“West Midlands Police rely on the support of communities in both telling us when someone is up to no good but, on occasions, taking action.
“This was a perfect example of working together to ensure we can make an arrest.
“This incident highlights the dangers posed by off-road bikes – to the public as well as the riders themselves.”
It comes as part of Solihull Police’s clampdown on anti-social off-road vehicles, which has seen officers carry out a number of planned operations and raids to seize the vehicles and arrest those connected to them.
Issuing a stark warning to illegal bikers, Ch Insp Hadley added: “We want to reassure the people of Solihull we understand their concerns and take unacceptable behaviour extremely seriously.
“More arrests are coming over the next few weeks.”