A group of friends dressed as Superman, Batman and Iron Man, have been praised by police after they became real-life superheroes – when they caught two teenage yobs.
The ten pals each chose their favourite caped crusader as they toured their home town in fancy dress to raise money for Children In Need.
But they sprang into action after they spotted two teenage boys vandalising vehicles as they travelled around Market Deeping, Lincs., on 13 November.
As the group, all members of the Deeping Round Table, were leaving a local pub, they saw two yobs in the road damaging a car and a van.
They followed the vandals in their minibus before getting out and chasing them on foot. One of the group rugby tackled the boys to the floor while another dialled 999.
James Wright, 28, who dressed as Superman, said: “We just thought we couldn’t let him go off on his own so we piled into our minibus and followed him.
“We’ve been doing this for about six years and certainly nothing like this has ever happened before.
“We were just out having a good night and raising money for a worthwhile cause. We all just thought the whole thing was very amusing.
“It’s all been a bit overwhelming.”
Lincolnshire Police have praised the good work of the caped crusaders.
Writing on the force’s Facebook page, Market Deeping and Deeping St James Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We were surprised to arrive at a reported incident of criminal damage in Market Deeping last night, to discover that the suspects had already been detained by two Supermen, two Batmen, the Green Lantern, Iron Man, Buzz Lightyear and a Bear.
“Thanks guys, you’re our heroes #justiceleague.”
The two youths, aged 14 and 15, were arrested but released while inquiries were ongoing to determine how the vehicles, a blue Mazda and a van, had been damaged.
The men have since been inundated with comments since the police post on Facebook.