Harley praises have-a-go hero

SUFFOLK-BASED rock legend Steve Harley has praised a have-a-go hero who helped him fight off a gang of street muggers in Spain.The singer was relaxing in Barcelona when a group of Eastern European gypsies began hustling customers at an open-air restaurant in the city centre.

SUFFOLK-BASED rock legend Steve Harley has praised a have-a-go hero who helped him fight off a gang of street muggers in Spain.

The singer was relaxing in Barcelona when a group of Eastern European gypsies began hustling customers at an open-air restaurant in the city centre.

One of the young women grabbed Steve's mobile phone and ran off, but as the Cockney Rebel front-man raised the alarm, a waiter gave chase and caught one of the thieves.

“He was a real hero,” said 52-year-old Steve, who lives near Sudbury and is best known for his 70s rock classic Make Me Smile.


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“He didn't hesitate but ran after the gang and managed to catch the one who had snatched my phone. He made her give the phone - and the rest of her booty - back.

“I wasn't her only target, and the waiter served up a little on-the-spot justice.”

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Steve, who also has a show on BBC Radio Two, was in Barcelona to see The Rolling Stones but the gig fell through when Keith Richards fell out of a tree.

He said: “I am really grateful to the waiter - my phone contains a list of all my music contacts and family photos and without it I am lost. I only ate a light snack but the waiter got a proper tip.”

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