Mansfield jiu-jitsu students detain 'brick-throwing men'
Martial arts students called a halt to a class and ran outside to tackle suspected vandals after hearing bricks thrown at cars.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu lesson at a gym in Mansfield was interrupted when the students heard a commotion outside.
The entire class, including an off-duty policeman, ran from the building and tracked two men down nearby.
Police said one man had been charged with criminal damage and another with theft from a vehicle.
Class instructor Shane Mills said: "Thinking back it must have looked quite funny seeing all my students running out in their kit to find them.
"They were already gone but two of my students - one of whom was an off-duty police officer - decided to take a drive with another man who'd spotted them to see if they could find them."
Nottinghamshire Police said a 32-year-old man had been charged with criminal damage and a 30-year-old man was charged with theft from a vehicle following the incident on 20 May.
They are due to appear in front of the city's magistrates next month.
A spokesman said: "Officers were called to Jenford Street following reports of bricks being thrown at parked vehicles.
"Two men were arrested by an off-duty police officer, who was assisted by members of the public, and have since been charged."