TWO have a go heroes have scored a victory for the public by apprehending thieves.
Eddie Fewings, of Newcastle Avenue, Blackpool, spotted four youths loitering in his street and acting suspiciously.
Newcastle Avenue is fitted with alley gates for security, but Mr Fewings realised the security gates had been forced open on Wednesday afternoon and when he confronted the youths, he discovered they had filled a baby’s pram with copper and lead.
Also among the items were a rucksack and tool kit belonging to Mr Fewings.
Mr Fewings ran round to the other side of the alley gate to reclaim his belongings, but was met with hostility by the youths.
Hearing the commotion a neighbour came out to join Mr Fewings and the thieves ran off.
The neighbour, a local taxi driver, jumped into his cab and drove after the youths who had fled on foot.
Police then joined the chase after Mr Fewings called 999. The gang split up and police followed two of the men who they then caught up with.
Mr Fewings, 46, a member of the Belle Vue Neighbourhood Watch, said: “This is a warning to all our neighbours.
“Even if you have alley gates, these criminals are very persistent.”
Due to the actions of the two men, Mr Fewings was reunited with all of his belongings as the youths discarded them during the chase.
He added: “It was a combination of being in the right place at the right time and not being afraid to challenge people.
“I’ve been burgled before and know the devastation it can have on people.”
A police spokeswoman said: “We would praise Mr Fewings for contacting police so quickly and providing descriptions.
“We currently have two people on police bail pending further inquires but would urge anyone with any information about the offence to contact police.”
Police confirmed they had arrested an 18-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of burglary.
Anybody with information can contact police on (01253) 293933.