A fleeing burglar was caught red-handed when his escape was blocked by a fitness trainer, a building crew and a Household Cavalry officer.
Major Simon Deverell, squadron leader of the elite Army unit, whose duties include guarding the monarch, was among the group of heroes praised by police for bringing “prolific” thief Ronald Middleton to justice.
The 40-year-old, whose father is former Nato commander General Sir Jack Deverell, was walking his young daughter to nursery in Parsons Green when he saw two men arguing.
He told the Standard: “Suddenly one barged past the other, hopped on a bicycle and cycled towards me at speed.
"The other man shouted out ‘stop him, he’s a thief’, so I made myself as big as possible, tackled him with my shoulder and stopped him in his bicycle tracks.”
Major Deverell, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, added: “On reflection it may have been silly, as I didn’t know if he was armed, but I just reacted.
"But I didn’t do anything I wouldn’t expect anyone else to do.”
As Middleton, 48, fell to the ground, the other man, Dan MacKenzie, a 31-year-old personal trainer, caught up with the pair and restrained the thief while Major Deverell dialled 999.