Thief caught by off-duty officer
POLICE have praised an off-duty PCSO who caught a prolific thief.
Paul Chalmers was cycling home from work when he spotted Adrian John Ellerington riding a bike and pushing another.
PCSO Chalmers, who recognised Ellerington as a serial offender when he saw him on the Boothferry estate, called for back-up then chased him.
He said: "I was off-duty at the time and was cycling home after working until 3am on an operation because there had been a number of shed burglaries.
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"I was cycling home when I came across Ellerington riding one bike and pushing another. I recognised him, so I followed him into a tenfoot."
Ellerington, 44, ran off when PCSO Chalmers asked him to stop. The officer chased him in to Hessle Road until other officers arrived and arrested him near Askew Avenue.
PCSO Chalmers said: "We have been hit quite hard in the west of the city by shed and garage burglaries in the area and the main thing that gets stolen is bikes.
"It annoys me when people think they can take what isn't theirs, so I didn't think about doing anything other than chasing and stopping him."
After Ellerington was arrested in the early hours of February 22, two residents reported bikes being stolen from their sheds.
They later identified the bikes Ellerington was found with as theirs and the bikes were returned.
Ellerington admitted two cycle thefts when he appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court and was jailed for four months.
PCSO Chalmers said: "I'm really pleased, especially as he is known as one of our prolific offenders."
Detective Sergeant Craig Nicholson, of Hull's priority crime team, said: "This arrest was as a direct result of the actions of an off-duty PCSO, who, at the time, was on his way home after an extended tour of duty.
"He was quickly supported by uniformed colleagues, leading to a prompt arrest and the immediate recovery of a quantity of stolen property from a number of nearby burglaries."