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.
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.
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.
“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.