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Volunteer officer, 74, arrests suspect after chasing him by car and on foot

‘Age is just
a number’:
Keith Smith

SOME men his age spend their days relaxing in their slippers but, at 74, Keith Smith still pulls on his boots to go out to work as a special constable.

And he’s proved he’s no flat foot — by chasing and arresting a suspect 45 years younger than him.

The volunteer officer had flagged down the man’s car and followed him in a vehicle when he failed to pull over as commanded in Benfleet, Essex. After a short chase, the suspect stopped the car and ran away, but Mr Smith was not to be shaken off that easily.

The Essex roads policing unit tweeted: ‘Our very own special constable Keith Smith has just had a vehicle fail 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.’

Modest Mr Smith 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.’

Colchester resident Joshua Darling tweeted: ‘Surely Keith should have his feet up relaxing! Great work, makes me feel like joining Essex Specials.’ Another person posted: ‘Get him an OBE!’