When a notorious drug dealer moved in next door, Charlie Skinner feared for his young family.
The father of three contacted police after Xiao-Po He started to peddle cocaine and crystal meth on his doorstep.
But when officers failed to respond, telling him instead to keep a log of the activities of the illegal immigrant - who was already on bail at the time for supplying drugs - Mr Skinner decided to take matters into his own hands.
The property developer risked his own life, posing as a customer to slip into his neighbour's flat and challenge the 26-year-old.
He fought off an attack by two of his henchman before chasing the dealer down the street and wrestling him to the ground.
Then the 47-year-old held him in a headlock until police arrived.
Searches revealed the former chef was carrying 3.6g of crystal meth and a search of his home uncovered another 4.48g of the drug. Yesterday Mr Skinner was hailed a hero after the dealer was jailed for six years.
He had been on police bail after being caught in November last year with a stash of drugs worth £12,000 including crystal meth, cocaine, the rave drug ketamine and ecstasy pills in a flat in Camberwell, South London.
But when a court granted him bail, the dealer simply moved and set up shop in a flat next door to Mr Skinner, who lives with his wife Sian, 44, and daughters Florence, 12, Maisie, 11, and son Teddy, nine, in Kennington.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Fed-up father of three fights his drug dealing neighbors, makes arrest.
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