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‘I lifted him like sumo wrestler’
Friday, 03 June 2011
By By Sam Masters
A PARKING warden who was temporarily blinded when he tackled a burglary suspect is the first nomination in the South London Press Our Heroes awards.
Wandsworth council warden Duro Ugbana was patrolling St John’s Road, Battersea, when he saw cops struggling to detain a burglary suspect.
One officer had his finger broken during the arrest.
Mr Ugbana leapt to the rescue and ran towards the crowd.
He grabbed the man around the waist and lifted him off his feet, stopping him escaping from cops.
Officers fired CS gas at the suspect, which temporarily blinded the council parking warden.
Mr Ugbana said: “I just ran in. I didn’t think twice.
“I could see one of the officers trying to keep hold of him but the man was wriggling and struggling – it looked like he was going to get away.
“I ran over and grabbed him by the waist and lifted him up like a sumo wrestler.
“I did get some CS spray in my face and it took 20 minutes to get my sight back.
“It was pretty painful.”
Despite hurting his back in the incident, Mr Ugbana was back at work as an attendant for the town hall’s parking contractor Mouchel the next day.
He said: “I’m not a hero. I just believe if you can help in a situation, you should help. That’s just the way I was brought up.”
Wandsworth council leader Councillor Ravi Govindia said: “The whole community owes Duro a great debt of gratitude for his courage and selflessness.
“It’s a terribly daunting prospect to physically intervene, many of us would shrink from doing so, but he showed his dedication as a public servant.
“Traffic wardens often get a bad press, but people should bear in mind they perform a valuable service.”
The South London Press Our Heroes Awards is sponsored by Shell and was launched on Friday.
Do you know a hero?
Do you know someone who helps make South London a better place? Nominate your hero using the form below or visit out website www.southlondon-today.co.uk
Winners, who will pick up cash prizes, will be announced at a ceremony on November 15.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Wednesday, 19 June 2013
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