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Bradford's batman retires from super-hero role
Bradford Batman Stan Worby has hung up his super-hero suit for good.
The 39-year-old Chinese takeaway delivery man made the startling revelation to waiting media today after the friend he handed into police last week, grabbing world-wide headlines, pleaded guilty to handling and trying to use a stolen cheque.
Bradford and Keighley Magistrates heard how 27-year-old Daniel Frayne, previously of Queen Street, Buttershaw, and now living with his grandmother in Cleethorpes, claimed he had found the cheque scattered with others on the ground in Wyke.
The court was told the cheques had belonged to a chequebook stolen, among other goods, during a burglary at the premises of A K Autos and Abbey Private Hire in Bradford three days earlier.
Crown prosecutor Paul Ramsey said Frayne had gone into a cheque centre in the city and tried to cash one of the cheques for £300 claiming it was his wages and he produced his own passport to prove his identity.
Kam Dhesis, mitigating, asked magistrates to give his client credit for his guilty pleas and for going to the police station after he realised he was wanted by police.
His case has been adjourned until Monday, April 8 for a full pre-sentence report and he was given unconditional bail.
Mr Worby had been captured on CCTV in the police station's foyer wearing the full batman outfit which triggered a mass media hunt to reveal his true identity.
When quizzed to the whereabouts of his batman suit on the way out of court yesterday, he replied: "I've put it away."