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Apparently unshaken by the latest death of his sidekick in the eternal fight against evil, a man dressed as Batman showed up in the British city of Bradford last week doing what he does best: continuing his war on crime. The Batman in question walked into Bradford’s Trafalgar House police station on February 25 to deposit a man wanted for questioning on suspicion of handling stolen goods and fraud-related offenses, according to a statement from the West Yorkshire police. They described the incident on their Facebook page:
Batman came into the helpdesk, stated to the staff “I’ve caught this one for you” and then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford. The whole bizarre incident was captured on CCTV… The wanted male, a 27yr old from the Buttershaw area was detained until the morning when he was escorted to court in Grimsby as he was also wanted for an offence in that area also. This post is meant as a bit of a light hearted CCTVsg.net/blog/” target=”_blank”>news.
A spokesman for the police said that the “person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” adding with appropriate mystery, “His identity, however, remains unknown.” Their Facebook page later released a photo of the incident, adding that officers “had made diligent enquiries in the local community to locate this individual.” Naturally, the British media is already on the case, trying to figure out exactly who is spending his nights dressing up and taking the law into his own hands and whether there might be a famous face under the cowl.
British bookmakers Ladbrokes immediately released odds for which celebrity may be beneath the cowl, apparently working under the assumption that – like the “real” Batman – only someone well-funded and already in the public glare would have the guts to put on that outfit in public. Most likely, the bookmaker suggests, is British illusionist Steven Frayne, who already has the alter ego (well, stage name) Dynamo. If nothing else, he definitely has the ridiculous “dark avenger of the night” thing down:
Also on the list: former professional soccer player Dean Windass, 63-year-old professional gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and, with odds of 50/1, One Direction’s Zayn Malik. Oddly enough, Malik is apparently considered to be less likely than the 81-year-old supermarket chief Sir Kenneth Morrison, whose odds of being revealed to be a part-time crimefighter are reportedly just 33/1.
Ladbrokes isn’t just offering odds on the identity of the latest real-life Dark Knight – just one of many, it has to be said. (Clearly, the idea of franchising the Batman identity stretches beyond the pages of the DC Comics Batman, Incorporated series.) The bookmakers are also offering 3/1 odds that Batman will make another appearance in Bradford, with the odds that Robin will also return from the comic book dead to join him only 5/1.