Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Caped Crusader's identity revealed

A man dressed as Batman hands over a suspect at Trafalgar House police station in Bradford

A Chinese takeaway delivery man has admitted he is the mystery figure dressed as Batman who handed an alleged criminal into a police station in the middle of the night.

The CCTV images of Stan Worby, 39, dressed as the Caped Crusader in a Bradford police station went around the world.

But Worby said he is not happy he has been characterised as a chubby crimefighter - protesting that he looks overweight in the pictures because he had to wear a tracksuit under the outfit because of the cold.

He was caught on camera at Trafalgar House police station in the centre of the West Yorkshire city handing in his friend, 27-year-old Danny Frayne.

Frayne was wanted by police and Mr Worby said he agreed to go with him to the station after he had been to London for Bradford City's Capital One Cup Final clash with Swansea City, just over a week ago.

He told ITV Daybreak: "Obviously it was done as a joke. He (Frayne) wanted to get straight down. Obviously I wanted my bed. It was half-one in the morning." And asked how he felt about the worldwide coverage of his exploits, Mr Worby said: "Gobsmacked. I didn't expect this. At the end of the day it was a practical joke, just between me and Daniel."

Asked about his paunch he said it was just because he was trying to stay warm. Mr Worby, who is from the Wyke area of Bradford, said: "I've got my full tracksuit underneath. I'm not just wearing this - it's too thin."

West Yorkshire Police said the mystery Caped Crusader told them: "I've caught this one for you." Officers added that he "then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford".

Officers had not known the identity of the man posing as the camp 1960s incarnation of the famous DC Comics character, rather than the dark, black figure familiar to fans of the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan film versions.

Frayne, of Queen Street, Buttershaw, Bradford, had been wanted in connection with a number of alleged offences. He was later charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, and will appear before magistrates on Friday.

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