A Chinese takeaway delivery man has admitted he is the mystery figure dressed as Batman who handed an alleged criminal into a police station in the middle of the night.
By Emma Clark
The CCTV images of Stan Worby, 39, dressed as the Caped Crusader in a Bradford police station, went around the world.
But Mr Worby said he is not happy he has been characterised as a chubby crimefighter — protesting that he looks overweight in the pictures because he had to wear a tracksuit under the outfit because of the cold.
He was caught on camera at Trafalgar House police station in West Yorkshire handing in his friend, 27-year-old Danny Frayne.
Frayne was wanted by police and Mr Worby said he agreed to go with him to the station after he had been to London for Bradford City’s Capital One Cup Final clash with Swansea City, just over a week ago, at which donned his costume.
He told ITV’s Daybreak: “Obviously it was done as a joke. He [Frayne] wanted to get straight down. Obviously I wanted my bed. It was half-one in the morning.
“I told him as soon as I was home I would run him to Bradford central police station,” he told The Telegraph.
“Danny’s a good friend of mine and I’ve known him for 15 years or so. Who knows if I’ll be doing some more crime-fighting in the future?”
And asked how he felt about the worldwide coverage of his exploits, Mr Worby said: “Gobsmacked. I didn’t expect this.
Asked about his paunch, he said it was just because he was trying to stay warm.
Mr Worby, who is from the Wyke area of Bradford, said: “I’ve got my full tracksuit underneath. I’m not just wearing this — it’s too thin.”
West Yorkshire Police said the mystery Caped Crusader told them: “I’ve caught this one for you.”
Officers added that he “then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford”.
Officers had not known the identity of the man posing as the camp 1960s incarnation of the famous DC Comics character, rather than the dark, black figure familiar to fans of the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan film versions.
Frayne, of Queen Street, Buttershaw, Bradford, had been wanted in connection with a number of alleged offences.
He was later charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, and will appear before magistrates on Friday.
The mystery was announced by the neighbourhood police team for the Buttershaw area of Bradford on their Facebook page.
They said: “Last week we had a very strange occurrence at the police station when a male wanted for an offence on our area was ’escorted’ into our helpdesk at Trafalgar House by Batman.
“Batman came into the helpdesk, stated to the staff ‘I’ve caught this one for you’ and then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford.”
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