Danny McCance 30 Jul 2018 04:01pm

Future PwC partner dressed as Bishop catches handbag thief

Max Lixingstone-Learmonth, dressed as a bishop as part of relay race, used his staff to pin the suspected handbag thief to a wall while he waited for the police to intervene

Livingstone-Learmonth is former director of strategy at Big Four firm PwC and is set to become a partner in October. He was taking part in an attempt at the longest non-step relay on Tooley Street, London Bridge, according to the Evening Standard.

Upon seeing a woman chasing a man who had reportedly taken her bag, Livingstone-Learmonth sprinted 100 meters before catching the would-be thief.

“I’m not religious but it does feel a bit like divine intervention that I was there,” he told the Evening Standard.

“A guy shouted, ‘stop that man’, and it was just pure instinct to run after him. I caught up to him and pinned him to a wall with my crosier.

“I said, ‘It’s not your day if you’ve been run down by a bishop’,” he added.

Throughout the struggle Livingstone-Learmonth still managed to hold onto the relay baton, of which a failure to do so would have jeopardised the I Move London race’s Guinness World Record attempt.

This is not the first event Livingstone-Learmonth has competed in. He and his wife, Sarah Dudgeon, regularly compete alongside a friend, Victoria Carter, as a team named Religious About Running dressed as a bishop, monk and nun respectively.

A spokesperson for the Met Police told the Evening Standard that the man was arrested on suspicion of theft and has been released under investigation.