Workmen help police arrest suspect after huge chase

High-speed police chase through Enfield Town ended when workmen jumped on fleeing suspect, reports James Cracknell

Thames Water workers Nick Savva and Shaun Phillips, who helped police arrest the suspect
Thames Water workers Nick Savva and Shaun Phillips, who helped police arrest a suspect following the high-speed car chase (credit Enfield Dispatch)

Two maintenance men working on water pipes in a quiet street helped police apprehend a suspect who had fled following a high-speed car chase through Enfield Town.

The Thames Water workers reacted quickly when they heard officers shout “armed police” and saw a suspect running towards them. Shaun Phillips stuck out his leg, tripping up the suspect, and his colleague Nick Savva then immediately jumped on his back while the chasing police officers caught up with him to make the arrest.

Shaun told the Dispatch: “We saw them running up the street, shouting ‘armed police’, and I was just standing here, so I stuck my leg out and tripped him [the suspect].”

Nick added: “I jumped on him. I didn’t know if he was armed or not, I didn’t think about it.”

Moments earlier, the suspect had crashed his BMW outside The Hop Poles pub in Baker Street, colliding with a private hire vehicle, after screeching around the junction with Canonbury Road. A barber shop owner nearby told the Dispatch he saw the suspect flee on foot, before running around the corner into Primrose Avenue. “There were loads of armed police and sniffer dogs – they were chasing him,” he said.

The BMW driven by the suspect was abandoned in Baker Street after colliding with a private hire vehicle (in the background)
The BMW driven by the suspect was abandoned in Baker Street after colliding with a private hire vehicle, visible in the background

The driver of the private hire vehicle was Okkes Baglan. Although he thinks the car is now a write-off, he wasn’t seriously injured. He said: “There were four or five police cars chasing him. I think he was doing about 60mph. After he hit my car I was shaking, I was shocked, but now I’m okay.”

The crash and subsequent dramatic arrest brought an end to a long police chase through Enfield Town, involving both marked and unmarked vehicles.

Update (26/5):

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 10.45am on Thursday, 26th May to Old Park Avenue, at the junction with Ridings Avenue in Enfield.

“The caller reported that he had been struck with a firearm by another man. Specialist firearms officers responded.

“Officers stopped a suspect vehicle following a collision and arrested a man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm.”