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Moment man walks along on crutches before dropping them to scale a lamp post and steal a Union flag

Moment man on crutches walks up to a Union Jack flag lamp post in south east London

‘It’s like a sketch of Little Britain!’: CCTV shows real moment Andy Pipkin walks on crutches – before dropping them to climb a lamp post and fly a Union flag

  • A bizarre incident was filmed by CCTV on a street in Charlton, southeast London
  • An unidentified man even takes off his shoes to help him climb the lamppost
  • The police are not involved and no charges are brought against the man

This is the moment a real Andy Pipkin was filmed walking on crutches before suddenly dropping them to climb a lamp post and fly a Union Jack flag.

The bizarre incident, which was captured on CCTV, reminded watchers of the hilarious Little Britain character played by Matt Lucas, who pretended to need a wheelchair before climbing into amusing sketches revealing that he was in fact valid.

The flag bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II had hung from the street lamp in Charlton, south-east London, since the late monarch’s Diamond Jubilee this summer.

It was left there in honor of Her Majesty after she died aged 96 three weeks ago.

Moment man on crutches walks up to a Union Jack flag lamp post in south east London

Moment man on crutches walks up to a Union Jack flag lamp post in south east London

The stranger's crutches can be seen strewn across the floor as he climbs onto the lamp post to unhook the flag

The stranger’s crutches can be seen strewn across the floor as he climbs onto the lamp post to unhook the flag

The bizarre flight, which was captured on CCTV, reminded watchers of the hilarious Little Britain character played by Matt Lucas, who pretended to need a wheelchair before climbing into amusing sketches revealing he was actually valid.

The bizarre flight, which was captured on CCTV, reminded watchers of the hilarious Little Britain character played by Matt Lucas, who pretended to need a wheelchair before climbing into amusing sketches revealing he was actually valid.

In the minute-and-a-half clip shared online, the man can be seen hobbling along the road on his crutches in broad daylight.

He then drops them and begins to climb the pole, having removed his shoes to help pull himself up and pinch the flag.

The man then nonchalantly drops down, folds up the torn flag and hides it, puts on his shoes and calmly walks away.

A baffled neighbor spotted the strange theft last Tuesday (September 20) just before 4.30pm on CCTV.

The flag bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II had hung from the street lamp in Charlton, south-east London, since the late monarch's Diamond Jubilee this summer.

The flag bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II had hung from the street lamp in Charlton, south-east London, since the late monarch’s Diamond Jubilee this summer.

She noticed that the flag was missing and decided to check the security camera pointed at the lamppost after fearing the masthead had been removed by agitation council bosses.

“It’s a pretty funny situation actually, my mum and dad woke up that morning and noticed the flag was missing outside their house,” she said.

The woman continued: ‘They have CCTV, and they thought the council might have taken it down.

“So they watched the video and obviously saw this man come in with his crutches and pull him down.”

“It’s like a sketch of Little Britain.”

The police are not involved and it is understood that the owner family will not press charges.

The unnamed woman added, “We thought that was funnier than anything.”

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