Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Man arrested after naked sprint down middle of busy road at one point pursued by Bananaman

Saturday night revellers were given a surprise when a naked ran down the middle of Broad Street in Birmingham. The streaker darted around Birmingham’s main Golden Mile after emerging from behind a limousine. Then the night became even odder when a man dressed as Bananaman, in a yellow cape, yellow boots and blue bodysuit, sprang into action at the sight of the streaker.

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Bananaman bravely held out his hand out to halt traffic and pedestrians while the streaker stopped a silver car jumped in front of a double decker bus waving his arms around. But the naked man’s escapade came to an end after he spotted police cars and made a mad dash for freedom. He hot-footed it down Regency Wharf alleyway, where he was stopped by police officers. The 47-year-old streaker spent the night in the cells before he was fined for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

A witness said: “My friend said ‘look at that man over there’. I saw a man running naked and everyone clapping and cheering him on. He was running around acting like it was funny. He disappeared and came back with the police and they put him in the back of an ambulance. You can’t be running around naked – that’s not funny.” A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to Broad Street, Birmingham, at around 8.40pm on Saturday March 19 following reports of a naked man in the street. Officers arrested a 47-year-old man.

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“He was released from custody on March 20 where he was issued with a penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.” Earlier in the evening, the man had been asked to leave the Brasshouse pub. But he returned without his clothes on. A spokesman for the Brasshouse said “A member of the public tried to gain access having previously been asked to leave the pub. As he was undressed the police removed him from the vicinity for his own protection.” Broad Street manager Mike Olley said: “His behaviour was bizarre, well outside the normal parameters. It’s general policy on Broad Street that you have to be wearing clothes.”

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