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It's a sad day for crimefighting when Batman gets arrested. However, that's (almost) exactly what happened this week when the Caped Crusader - or rather someone emulating him - was pulled from the side of an office building and hauled down to the police station.

Officers in Petoskey, Michigan were alerted to a figure on the roof of the 30ft office block at 01:00 local time and went to investigate.

When they got there, they found a fat man in a superhero costume complete with a utility belt. It's not clear exactly what he was doing up there, but he certainly got in trouble when the cops realised his belt contained a truncheon-like weapon, chemical irritant spray and lead-lined gloves.

The 31-year-old - whose identity is not yet known - has now been charged with trespassing and possession of a dangerous weapon, presumably putting an early end to his superhero career.

It's not a good month for Batman-style crimefighters. A man from New Zealand was recently told he could no longer carry out his local community patrol at night because he didn't have a sidekick anymore. The 91-year-old said he is now looking for a new 'Robin' to accompany him.

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