Officer chases down crack dealer in sprint through housing estate

You’re nicked (and knackered!) Moment police officer chases down crack dealer after sprinting through housing estate to catch him

  • Inspector Mark Jones spotted the man while on patrol in Southend, Essex 
  • He had narrowly missed catching him the day before when he fled on a bicycle
  • But this time he chased him down before arresting him at the back of a car park 
  • 18-year-old admitted possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin 

This is the dramatic moment a police officer chased down a heroin and crack dealer after sprinting through a housing estate to catch him.

Newly-shared bodycam footage shows Inspector Mark Jones, who was on patrol in Southend, Essex, bolting after the 18-year-old.

The man had narrowly escaped arrest the day before when he fled on a bike. But this time Inspector Jones caught him after a 30-second pursuit down streets and through a car park.  

Bodycam footage shows Inspector Mark Jones, who was on patrol in Southend, Essex, bolting after the 18-year-old who he had narrowly missed catching the day before when he fled downhill on a bike

Inspector Jones bolts down a residential street after spotting the culprit who turns left into a housing estate

The man tries to leap over a knee-high wall at the back of the car park but stumbles just before Inspector Jones arrives to detain him in a grassy area

The 18-year-old man was arrested and admitted possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

On September 9 last year, he received an 18-month jail term, which was suspended for two years. 

In the bodycam video, filmed in the summer, Inspector Jones bolts down a residential street after spotting the man, who turns left into a housing estate.

The police officer cuts corners and quickly closes in on his man as he runs between vehicles in a multi-storey car park.

The man tries to leap over a knee-high wall at the back of the car park but stumbles just before Inspector Jones arrives to detain him in a grassy area.  

Barely out of breath, Inspector Jones tells the teenager: ‘Stay where you are. Stay exactly where you are. Stop fighting. You’re not going to get away are you?’

He then handcuffs the man. 

Releasing the video yesterday, a spokesman for Essex Police said: ‘Our officers aren’t sitting at a desk all day and they aren’t out looking for easy wins, they are on our streets targeting people causing the highest harm to our communities.

‘Over the summer, Inspector Mark Jones was on patrol in Southend, where we had a highly visible presence as part of a targeted operation to keep the area safe and catch people intent on committing crime.

‘Just a day before this footage was captured, Insp Jones had narrowly missed catching the Class A drug dealer, who fled downhill on a bike.

‘However, that victory proved to be short-lived when Insp Jones spotted the man the next day and again gave chase.’

The man ducks into a housing estate with Inspector Jones still in hot pursuit

The man heads for a car park as he tries to get away from Inspector Jones

Barely out of breath, Inspector Jones tells the teen: ‘Stay where you are. Stay exactly where you are. Stop fighting’

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow, of Essex Police, said: ‘Inspector Jones’ drive to catch this person, who was supplying drugs to vulnerable people in our community, is clear for all to see and I hope this sends a strong message to drug dealers that dealing, is not welcome in our county.

‘Last summer, we launched a joint operation with many of our partners in order to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in Southend.

‘And as ever, our officers really stepped up to the plate and this footage is testament to that.’ 

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