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Police praise 'Lone Ranger' who chased robbers during Derry Girls filming

The police officer was dubbed the 'Lone Ranger' by colleagues. Credit: PSNI.
The police officer was dubbed the 'Lone Ranger' by colleagues. Credit: PSNI.

Police in Londonderry have praised a Sergeant who left his post during the filming of hit television series 'Derry Girls' to hunt down two suspects.

After the Sergeant managed to apprehend two men by himself colleagues dubbed him the "Lone Ranger'.

Police received a report of an armed robbery in Portrush on Friday where two men threatened staff with a knife and stole a quantity of jewellery before fleeing the scene in a car.

The Sergeant learned that the car had been spotted in Derry while he and the rest of the Bogside, Brandywell and Fountain Neighbourhood Policing Team were managing city centre traffic for the filming of Derry Girls.

A PSNI spokesperson said that the Sergeant decided to take action into his own hands.

"He was unwilling to interrupt filming but was desperate to go hunting these fellas. What to do?," the spokesperson wrote on the 'PSNI Foyle' Facebook page.

"There was only one answer, the Sergeant would have to leave the team, fly solo and become...the Lone Ranger.

"He cruised around until amazingly he spotted the car going down Bishop Street. He tucked in a couple of cars behind and followed it out the Letterkenny Road. It wasn’t looking good until the suspects made a fatal mistake, they turned left down Mullenan Road."

The Sergeant soon apprehended the suspects.

"It was time to spring into action! The Sergeant sped past the suspects, slid the car sideways to block the whole road, jumped out, pulled his gun and screamed 'show me your hands, throw the keys out the window',” the spokesperson said.

"Within minutes all stolen property was recovered and two shocked suspects behind bars."

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