A witness described how the actor was seen apprehending a suspected thief who was running from the site of a crash. Hardy reportedly pursued him through gardens and a building site in south west London.
Hardy looked like he "switched into superhero mode" as he collared the man before checking him for weapons after the chase near his home in Richmond, an onlooker told The Sun.
According to the newspaper, Hardy declared "I caught the c***t" when he pinned him down.
The story has resurfaced in the wake of unconfirmed reports that Hardy is taking on the role of 007.
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Daniel Craig’s final outing as the spy No Time to Die, will be released in UK cinemas on 25 November 2020.