A suspected drug dealer running out of a house dressed in nothing but a pair of white trainers and a red dressing gown to cover his modesty

This is the moment a half-naked suspected drug dealer is arrested by police after climbing over garden fences in Manchester.

A video shows the man running out of a back door, wearing a pair of white trainers and with only a red dressing gown protecting his modesty before clambering over a wooden garden fence.

The man flees from a garden littered with children’s toys including a trampoline and a slide before hopping over a fence into another more overgrown garden.

After running through multiple back gardens in the suburb of Openshaw, Greater Manchester, the escapee us tackled to the ground by police officers and arrested. 

The arrest came as part of Greater Manchester Police undercover operation to crack down on drug dealing in Manchester city centre. 

A suspected drug dealer running out of a house dressed in nothing but a pair of white trainers and a red dressing gown to cover his modesty

A suspected drug dealer running out of a house dressed in nothing but a pair of white trainers and a red dressing gown to cover his modesty

The man, who was fleeing from the police, launched himself over a fence to escape

The man, who was fleeing from the police, launched himself over a fence to escape

The fugitive flipped over a fence dressed in the red dressing gown, landing in a next door neighbour's back garden

The fugitive flipped over a fence dressed in the red dressing gown, landing in a next door neighbour’s back garden

The operation led 300 officers to arrest 22 men and two women, aged 18 – 45 in connection with the supply of class A drugs and to seize almost £10,000 along with mobile phones and bags of illegal substances. 

Greater Manchester Police worked with North West Regional Organised Crime Unit for six months to crack down on the illegal drug supply in Manchester centre and worked with locals and residents after drug dealing skyrocketed in the area. 

Detective Sergeant Matt Donnelly from Operation Vulcan said: ‘This was a huge operation, using almost 300 officers from across the force, various covert tactics, and specialist resources from across the region.

‘We know how deeply the drugs trade impacts our communities and the violence and depravity it brings with it, which is why we have launched such a major operation to tackle it. 

‘By arresting 24 people this morning, I can confidently say we have dismantled and disrupted several different county lines and local drug networks. But we won’t be complacent, and this should be a warning for anyone who thinks criminal activity is welcome in our city.

After clambering over multiple fences the suspected drug dealer then walked calmly out of a side gate, wrapping the dressing gown around himself

After clambering over multiple fences the suspected drug dealer then walked calmly out of a side gate, wrapping the dressing gown around himself

The man was apprehended by police who had chased him through the back gardens in the Manchester suburb of Openshaw

The man was apprehended by police who had chased him through the back gardens in the Manchester suburb of Openshaw

Police tackling the man to the ground in a back garden. The man was arrested wearing nothing but a red dressing gown after he had fled form police semi-naked

Police tackling the man to the ground in a back garden. The man was arrested wearing nothing but a red dressing gown after he had fled form police semi-naked

‘We want to make sure criminals are living a life of high anxiety, and I hope that anyone who considers coming to Piccadilly Gardens to deal drugs is constantly looking over their shoulder.’

The operation in Manchester follows the arrest in Spain of an ‘extremely violent’ British fugitive at a Benidorm hotel in front of screaming tourists.

Paul Brown was arrested as he left his holiday accommodation by plain clothes officers after he was tracked down to Costa Blanca.

Brown has been wanted since 2020 for allegedly selling drugs in Manchester, with police saying he used encrypted messaging technology to deal Class A drugs including cocaine and ketamine.

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