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Tom Hardy arrests moped thief after action-packed chase - report

The actor is said to have switched into "superhero mode" when he witnessed two people stealing a moped in Richmond, south west London.

Tom Hardy reportedly made a citizen's arrest on a moped thief after chasing him down in London on Sunday (23Apr17).

The 39-year-old actor is said to have switched into "superhero mode" when he witnessed two people stealing a moped before crashing it into a Mercedes at a busy junction in Richmond, south west London.

While one of the thieves was caught in seconds, the other made a run for it - which is when Tom reportedly began his pursuit.

According to witness Arun Pullen, Tom dashed after the culprit, chasing him through gardens and a building site before catching up with him, patting him down for concealed weapons and making a citizen's arrest.

"It was mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie. Two boys on the (stolen) moped had jumped a red light and smashed into a car," Arun told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious."

After catching the thief, Tom is said to have hauled him into a nearby bus stop, where he kept hold of him until police arrived. And when officers made an appearance on the scene, Tom apparently proudly told them: "I caught the ****."

"The kid looked wrecked and in shock," Arun continued. "“Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with. I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over.

"I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block - but the route was like an assault course."

Tom is also reported to have told another onlooker: "This little s**t nicked something and now he’s got himself a ­broken leg."

Both thieves were injured in the incident, and two suspects are now facing charges of theft.

Tom is no stranger to completing high-octane stunt scenes in his movies, having previously starred in films such as Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road.

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