Even when they’re off duty, police officers are always honed into what is going on around them and are ready to act when needed.
And PC Ben Patten, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, is no exception to this as he played the hero in a good old-fashioned tale of ‘cops and robbers’.
After a tiring night shift, PC Patten was returning home for a well-earned rest when he noticed a man and a woman embroiled in a struggle on Fletton High Street, Peterborough at around 6.30am yesterday (3 July).
Without any hesitation or regard for his own safety, PC Patten quickly intervened and was told the man had tried to steal the woman’s shopping bag.
PC Patten detained the male and called 999 to request additional units to the scene.
PC Patten said:
“As a police officer, you’re never really off duty.
“I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right time today to be able to do my bit in helping tackle crime in Peterborough and keep people safe.”