Teacher chases down "man with drugs" at school sports day
A "BRAVE" Plymouth teacher tackled a drug suspect after chasing him down during a school sports day.
Police have confirmed a teenager was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, described as "green herbal matter".
The Herald has learned the arrest followed dramatic scenes at the Brickfields recreation park, which was hosting Devonport High School for Boys' sports day at the time.
The sports day had been postponed from before the school holidays due to bad weather.
Hundreds of children, teachers and parents crowded the recreation park to enjoy a host of sports, including races, javelin, shot-put and tug-of-war events.
However, an eagle-eyed teacher, who has not been named, became uneasy about the behaviour of a youth who was mingling with pupils.
Headteacher Kieran Earley said: "A member of the school's staff saw someone acting suspiciously.
"They were concerned enough to give chase, even throwing himself down one of the steep embankments."
Mr Earley said the teacher, having made a "commando-style roll", then apprehended the young man "to cheers from the boys", despite hurting his ankle.
He praised the police's response as "fantastic" saying they were on the scene "within minutes".
Mr Earley added: "We are genuinely very proud of the member of our school's staff doing something as brave as that and making a citizen's arrest. It was a real heroic act. We didn't know this person. The staff and students were very proud and the member of staff was very modest.
"We won't have anybody spoil our sports day."
POLICE said a 17-year-old boy has since been released on police bail until November 13 pending further inquiries.
If anyone has information about the incident contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference ED/13/5504.
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