A makeshift hero came to the rescue of police on a main street as they struggled to arrest a man.

The passerby stopped his van to help two officers who were trying to handcuff a suspect as he allegedly attacked them in Canterbury city centre.

Passerby helps restrain suspect during arrest by police

The incident happened in St Peter’s Place, after police were called to reports that a drunken man had verbally assaulted members of the public.

But as they struggled to detain the man, help came from a passing landscape gardener who lay on top of the suspect while officers managed to handcuff him.

“It was just a whim because the officers were clearly struggling and it seemed to be spiraling out of control,” he said.

“I couldn’t sit idly by and not help”

A police spokesperson said: “At approximately 2.45pm on Saturday March 5, officers on patrol in Canterbury city center were alerted to an intoxicated man who was verbally insulting members of the public.

“Officers approached the man and attempted to escort him to a nearby taxi rank, but were allegedly assaulted by him at St Peter’s Place.

“He was later arrested with the help of a member of the public.”

Jason Lloyd, 55, of Parham Close, Canterbury, was later charged with three counts of assaulting a rescue worker and released on bail to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 23.