Moment bikers put would-be pickpocket in a headlock

Moment bikers put would-be pickpocket, 43, in a headlock after they catch him trying to steal wallet from veteran as he was selling poppies on Remembrance weekend

  • Steven Norman, 43, was caught trying to swipe a wallet from a pensioner
  • But group of bikers spotted what was going on and held him before police arrive
  • Norman pleaded guilty to attempted theft the day before Remembrance Sunday
  • He was handed an £80 fine with a £32 victim surcharge and £135 costs

Footage shows the moment a would-be pickpocket is held in a headlock by a gang of bikers after he tried to steal a veteran’s wallet.

Steven Norman, 43, was spotted trying to swipe the item from a pensioner selling poppies in Stafford town centre on Saturday afternoon.

A group of men from Oxleathers MCC restrained him around the neck until the police arrived just a few minutes later.

Footage of Norman being restrained shows him kicking out at the man filming before two more men join in to hold him down.

Norman pleaded guilty to attempted theft the day before Remembrance Sunday at Stafford Magistrates’ Court.

RAF veteran Terry Williams saw the drama unfold before he too stepped in.

Mr Williams, 57, said: ‘We join in with the Poppy Appeal every year. We’re all bikers and most of us have a military background.

‘One of our members, Bryan Heywood, clocked what was going on. This miscreant was targeting one of the veterans.

‘He tried to get his wallet and the old chap fell to the floor during the scuffle – although thankfully he wasn’t too badly hurt.

‘Bryan stepped in to prevent the theft from happening. He got hold of Steven and shouted for someone to call the police.

A group of men from Oxleathers MCC restrained him around the neck until the police arrived just a few minutes later.

‘Another one of our lads, Andy Fletcher, then helped to restrain Steven as he was kicking out at passersby.

‘The police arrived after five or 10 minutes. It was right in the town centre so there was quite a crowd around.’

Norman, of no fixed address, was handed an £80 fine with a £32 victim surcharge and £135 costs after magistrates took his plea into consideration. 

Mr Williams says he was shocked Norman was spared jail. 

Mr Williams said: ‘The sentence is pathetic. I believe he should have been locked up until after Christmas.

Norman, of no fixed address, was handed an £80 fine with a £32 victim surcharge and £135 costs after magistrates took his plea into consideration.

Norman being restrained by bikers

Norman (pictured being restrained) of no fixed address, was handed an £80 fine with a £32 victim surcharge and £135 costs after magistrates took his plea into consideration

‘He’s obviously a man with problems but that’s no excuse. What good is a fine? He’s got no money so I can’t see how he’s going to pay it without targeting someone else.

‘Having said that, the sentence awarded to the miscreant is not going to stop us stepping in again even though he was basically let off.

‘If he tries it again, he’ll be taken down. If someone is doing bad staff to good people then we will stop them.

‘We would never be violent but people should step in and stop these crimes from happening.

‘When people stand and watch things happen, the more these criminals will think they can get away with it.’

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: ‘Steven Norman, 43, was charged with attempted theft and remanded in police custody. He appeared at magistrates’ court on Monday morning.

‘We’re grateful to all who assisted with the investigation. ‘ 

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