Tom Hardy possibly chased down & captured a moped thief in London

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It feels like we haven’t talked about Tom Hardy in a few months. Did you know that Tom Hardy is the kind of guy who will chase down a moped thief? Allegedly, that happened this week in London. Tom was walking down the street, minding his own business, when he witnessed someone crash a stolen moped into a Mercedes in his neighborhood. That’s when Tom decided to chase them. Witnesses said he “switched into superhero mode” and chased the thief “through gardens and across a building site” and he captured the guy himself and turned the thief over to police. Allegedly, Tom had the guy by the scruff of his neck and he declared, “I caught the c–t!” But Scotland Yard says it didn’t happen like that?

Scotland Yard has cast doubt on claims that Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy chased down a thief in London, by saying there was “no pursuit”. Hardy, who has starred in a string of Hollywood blockbusters, including The Revenant and The Dark Knight Rises reportedly switched into “superhero mode” after witnessing a thief crash a moped near his home in south west London.

According to The Sun newspaper witnesses saw the actor vaulting over walls and running through gardens as he chased the thief before catching him and declaring: “I caught the c—.”

“It was mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie,” an eyewitness told The Sun. “Two boys on the nicked moped had jumped a red light and smashed into a car. Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.”

The witness claimed that the actor, who lives nearby, is “clearly not a man you’d mess with”.

It was then claimed he patted him down for weapons before handing him over to police. Tom Hardy’s spokeswoman declined to comment on story newspaper and it is understood the actor himself has not made any comments on the claims. But police issued a statement casting doubt on the claims and suggesting the two suspects had been arrested by police at the scene of the moped crash.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “At 12:34hrs on Sunday, 24 April a motorcyclist was in collision with a car in Sheen Road, Richmond. Officers happened to be present at the time of the collision. This was not a pursuit. The male motorcyclist was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and the male pillion passenger was arrested for taking a vehicle without consent. As both males sustained injures and the London Ambulance Service was called. The motorcyclist and pillion passenger were taken to a south London hospital for treatment to injuries not thought to be life threatening or life changing.”

[From The Telegraph]

What’s up with the huge discrepancy in the two stories? Is it possible that one of the police officers just looked a bit like Tom Hardy? Is it possible that the cops just don’t want to give Tom credit for the collar? Is it possible that Tom was actually a witness but there was no massive garden chase? Hm. What would you do if you saw Tom Hardy chase down a bad guy in the middle of your neighborhood?

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  1. Jamie42 says:

    Sounds like someone–and maybe just the Sun–is trying to make up stuff. It’s not clear to me that Tom Hardy was even there!

  2. MissMerry says:

    sounds like he has a movie or show coming out and he wants to look badass…lol

  3. Melly says:

    If I saw Tom Hardy in my neighborhood, no matter what he was doing, I would go into immediate swoon mode.

  4. Ashley.Nate says:

    Who does he think he is? Domino? Lol calm down Tom and stick to acting before you really get hurt

  5. Sixer says:


    It is even more I’M SO MANLY! than even most of Idris’s output. It would even be better than Idris Elba: Fighter if only it had been captured on video. But it wasn’t captured on video and so I must continue to refuse to delete Idris Elba: Fighter from my TV planner.

    I think The Bloke should make this the plot of the second series of Taboo. James Whatshisface is now James Whatshisface the 33rd and a 21st century vigilante, chasing down moped criminals left, right and centre. How could that fail to give Netflix Marvel a run for its money?

    I might even let him off playing polo with royals.

    We don’t actually care whether or not it’s true, do we? Do we?

    • third ginger says:

      Sixer, weren’t you recently saying that none of the guys you usually make fun of had done anything ridiculous lately? And here, the answer to a snarky prayer. My best to you as ever.

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t see the point of an internet boyfriend unless they do stuff to make you laugh at them. Unicorn princes make me yawn, you know?

        And you’re right: all the news is SO bad, we need stupid internet boyfriends more than ever.

        Can you just imagine The Bloke? Scaling garden walls, running through washing lines, getting Auntie Ethel’s clean knickers wrapped around his face, stubbing his toe on her garden gnome? And STILL getting the bad guy?


      • Becky says:

        Like the Richmond version of the Point Break chase?!

      • Sixer says:


        Imagine if he did it ON A POLO PONY.

      • Lightpurple says:

        It all somehow reminds me of this scene from Raising Arizona. We definitely need more of our internet boyfriends doing silly “manly” things. There has been a dirth of fun in the world lately.

        And yes, he definitely needs to chase down some bad guys ON A POLO PONY.

        And we all get puff swans with fudge after.

      • Sixer says:

        I forgot about Raising Arizona. Those are Auntie Ethel’s tights, aren’t they?

        The Bloke doesn’t get swans. He has to keep fit for the sequel. Also, spend much time licking my chariot wheels clean.

      • Becky says:

        Yes! but its Richmond so it’s tea on the lawn and range rovers – instead of Keanu running through houses in Culver City or wherever – and the Thames path instead of the LA river.

      • Sixer says:

        The chase culminates at Kew Gardens, after breaking all the Palm House windows. Perhaps, as the nth generation descendant of James Whatshisface from Taboo, The Bloke could use his spirituality and awaken the Queen’s Beasts, who growlingly guard the captured villains until the police arrive.

  6. astrid says:

    If Tom was running through my neighborhood, I’d be filming the whole event!

  7. stinky says:

    I think the statement about it being a ‘non-pursuit’ might have meant that the idjit criminals on the stolen bike weren’t being pursued by the cops when they crashed it.

  8. Krysten says:

    If he ran thru my neighborhood I would suddenly steal a bike as well to be chased and tackled by him. Dreams can come true lol. He is #1 on my list.

  9. Juluho says:

    Take away; it’s possible to get Tom Hardy to chase you and take you down if you commit a crime.
    My life of crime begins now.

  10. Dawnie says:

    Great Raising Arizona reference. Most days Nic Cage is a butt of jokes for me (check out Nic Cage and GOT memes), but his character in that flick just does it for me. Weird.

    I don’t know how to feel about Tom Hardy. He is like the my high school boyfriend that was not so nice sometimes, but very nice to me, and I could totally see why he was that way and empathize.

    I think he could have done this. The dude is a great actor, but seems pretty full of rage naturally and high-strung. Like, waiting for something like this to happen and then being so excited to be able to get the guy.