Joe Public does the police’s job for them.

Posted: June 9, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieCharlie Skinner contacted police after Xiao-Po He started to sell cocaine and crystal meth on his doorstep.

But when officers did nothing, telling him instead to keep a log of the activities of the illegal immigrant drug dealer already on bail for supplying drugs, Mr Skinner decided to take matters into his own hands.

The property developer 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 minders 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.

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.

Initially, the father reported his concerns to police and was advised to keep a log of comings and goings from the flat.

But he was so sick of the ‘constant stream of people’ turning up to buy drugs, Mr Skinner decided to confront the culprit on March 13 this year.

He said: ‘I thought, what a waste of time. I wasn’t going to stand for it happening on our doorstep. ‘I followed some customers up to the door and when it opened I slipped in behind them. ‘I didn’t really know what to expect inside but there were quite a few people in the hallway having some sort of argument. ‘I had a bit of an altercation with the two guys at the door who wanted to know who I was — they tried to fight me so I hit one of them and ran back to my house to call the police.

‘Then my wife saw him [the dealer] leaving in a hurry and I thought, I’m not having that. ‘I chased after him, wrestled him to the floor and performed a citizen’s arrest”.

On Monday the drug dealer was jailed at Inner London Crown Court for six years after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply and two of possession of criminal property.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    I listened to this guy being interviewed on the radio.Apparantly while he had this man in a headlock he was approached by a man a who was quite the worse for drink. This man turned out to be an off duty policeman who showed his warrent card and arrested the dealer.
    Well done Charlie Skinner.

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