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

‘Age is just
a number’:
Special
constable
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!’