Burglar caught by Barnsley superman jailed for two years

Wayne Davies who tackled a burglar in his Superman dressing gown. Tom Maddick, Ross Parry Agency.
Wayne Davies who tackled a burglar in his Superman dressing gown. Tom Maddick, Ross Parry Agency.
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A burglar has been jailed for two years after Superman made a citizen’s arrest on him.

Superhero Wayne Davies leapt into action after a burglar sneaked into his house, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Wayne, aged 38, jumped out of bed in his boxer shorts and donned his blue and white Superman dressing gown.

The intruder stood no chance as the 6ft tall fourth dan karate black belt chased him and made a citizen’s arrest in the street after his son Alex, 17, tackled him to the ground.

After the hearing Wayne said: “Superman strikes again. I’m very happy with the sentence, it’s a good result.

“It will give him the chance to reflect on what he’s done and hopefully reform.

Burglar Lee Arnott, aged 25, admitted burgling Wayne’s three-bedroom semi in St Anne’s Drive, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, while drunk in April.

Prosecutor Stephanie Hollis said Alex heard the family dogs barking and saw the security lights come on.

He saw Arnott, of East Pinfold, Royston, with his mother’s handbag jumping over the garden gates and trying to make a getaway on a bicycle.

“Alex tackled the defendant to the floor and he was joined by his father. They helped the defendant to his feet and escorted him back to their address,” said Miss Hollis.

The handbag and a wallet were recovered.

Arnott has several convictions for dishonesty and committed his first burglary when he was 14.

Sean Fritchley, defending, said: “Had he been sober it would never have crossed his mind to commit this offence. 
“It was a drunken mistake.”

Jailing him for two years, Recorder Abdul Iqbal said: “You are clearly a dishonest man. You were caught red-handed and thought there was a chance you would find valuable property.”

Afterwards Wayne, a dad-of-three who has been practising karate for 22 years, said: “I’m a big Superman fan and my wife Joanne bought me a gift set of Superman DVDs and the dressing gown for Christmas.

“I never thought I would be behaving like my hero in real life.

“Joanne says I look a bit like Clark Kent so maybe there is something of the Superman in me.”