Detectives have praised a member of the public who stepped in to stop a knife-point street robbery in Huddersfield .
A 46-year-old man scared away a suspect who he believed was about to threaten a pedestrian who was on his phone.
Police said the suspect – an Asian man – was sneaking up on the victim from behind when the brave passer-by intervened.
As he was doing so he saw the man had a knife in his hand.
But undeterred by the dangerous weapon he warned the victim and scared away the mugger.
The incident happened at 7.15pm last night on Trinity Street near Greenhead Park.
Neither he nor the 23-year-old male victim were injured and the suspect fled on foot towards Vernon Avenue.
Detective Inspector Mark Colman said: “The quick actions of this witness have prevented a serious crime being committed.
“While we would never encourage people to put themselves at risk we have to recognise the courage and public spirit he has displayed.”
Police have now arrested a 32-year-old local man in connection with the incident and a second similar one in the area.
He is in custody and is helping officers with their inquiries
Det Insp Colman said it was believed the suspect had been seen in the area before and he asked members of the public to be vigilant while walking at night.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Huddersfield CID via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111