Police have thanked members of the public who helped catch a suspected meat thief on the hottest day of the year.

On Sunday afternoon officers from Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team were flagged down by a woman in Thongsbridge who said there was a man on the bus – with a jacket stuffed full of meat.

Police caught up with the bus and boarded it near the Texaco petrol station in Woodhead Road, Honley.

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Officers checked passengers and found the man who was almost a walking butcher’s shop!

His jacket was stuffed with: five fillet steaks; three sirloin steaks; two joints of beef and two legs of lamb – worth a total of £92.74.

As police took the man off the bus he made a run for it and led officers on a sweaty and breathless chase around Honley village centre.

Co-operative petrol station, Woodhead Road, Honley.

Several members of the public pointed police in the right direction and a man was eventually arrested 10 minutes later.

A spokesman for Kirklees Rural NPT said officers wanted to thank the public for their help.

In a Facebook post, alongside a picture of the meat, an officer said: “A massive thank you to all the members of the public who have helped us.

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“This is all the meat we recovered. We know it’s BBQ weather but this is ridiculous! Great community spirit. Thank you all!”

A 31-year-old man was arrested and interviewed at Huddersfield Police Station.

He was later charged with theft and will appear before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in Huddersfield later this month.