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Britain’s oldest copper makes epic arrest — at 74

BRITAIN’S oldest bobby nabbed a suspect 45 years younger after a high-adrenaline chase.

Special constable Keith Smith, 74, was out fighting crime in Benfleet, Essex, when he tried to pull over the man.

However, the driver allegedly failed to stop and Mr Smith set off in hot pursuit in his patrol car, then on foot.

Mr Smith (pictured) gave chase through gardens in the town, before finding his suspect and arresting him.

He said: ‘What I did is nothing special, my unit do that sort of thing several times a week.

‘It is just the age thing. Age is just a number, I am nothing special, just still fit and active fortunately.

‘There are many other police officers much more deserving of praise than myself. I am embarrassed by the publicity.’

Paul Tait, 29, of no fixed address, has been charged with driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failure to stop and harassment. He was due before Southend magistrates today.

Mr Smith’s efforts have been widely praised on social media by Essex Public and the public.

The Essex Roads Policing Unit tweeted: ‘Our very own special constable Keith Smith has just had a vehicle FTS [failure to stop] for him in Benfleet.

‘Despite being 74 years old he engaged in not only the pursuit but a foot chase, detaining the suspect in the gardens of a nearby house.’

The Southend Specials Constabulary team tweeted: ‘Amazing work!! From all of the Southend Specials #policefamily.’

Colchester resident Joshua Darling tweeted: ‘Surely Keith should have his feet up relaxing, not chasing billy the burglar! Great work though, makes me feel like joining Essex Specials.’

Another resident tweeted: ‘What an absolute legend!! Someone write to Queen and get him an OBE or sommat!’