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BRAVE Stephen Cullen tackled a teen who tried to nick his Range Rover — while stark naked.

Stephen, 29, leapt out of bed to chase and catch the crook in Newcastle.

 Nude hero Stephen Cullen and girlfriend Nicola Baldwin were in bed watching TV when his Range Rover’s alarm went off late at night
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Nude hero Stephen Cullen and girlfriend Nicola Baldwin were in bed watching TV when his Range Rover’s alarm went off late at night

The Nude who chased and caught a would-be thief boasted yesterday: “I’m the Naked Ninja.”

He said: “That car is my pride and joy, there is no way that anyone was stealing it.”

He and girlfriend Nicola Baldwin, 33, were in bed watching TV when his Range Rover’s alarm went off late at night.

Stephen sprang into action superhero-style in pursuit of the crook, but didn’t even bother caping himself in a dressing gown.

 CCTV footage shows the culprit — a drunken lad aged about 17 — trying to break into the Range Rover
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CCTV footage shows the culprit — a drunken lad aged about 17 — trying to break into the Range Rover
 Stephen sprang into action superhero-style in pursuit of the crook after hearing the car alarm
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Stephen sprang into action superhero-style in pursuit of the crook after hearing the car alarm
 Nude hero Stephen didn’t bother caping himself in a dressing gown
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Nude hero Stephen didn’t bother caping himself in a dressing gown

Nicola also dashed from the house in just her knickers then wrapped herself in her dressing gown. She said: “I looked out and saw someone in the driver’s seat. He looked like he was trying to hot-wire the car.

"Stephen was all for jumping out of the window to begin with. He then raced downstairs.”

CCTV footage shows the culprit — a drunken lad aged about 17 — get in through the driver’s door.

Stephen then races down the garden path — bare bum on view.

 Stephen raced down the street in pursuit of the culprit — bare bum on view
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Stephen raced down the street in pursuit of the culprit — bare bum on view
 Stephen said the crook 'didn’t know where to put his hands' when he was tackled to the ground
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Stephen said the crook 'didn’t know where to put his hands' when he was tackled to the ground
 The lad said, 'I’m sorry, I’m sorry' as he was wrestled to the ground by Stephen
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The lad said, 'I’m sorry, I’m sorry' as he was wrestled to the ground by Stephen
 Stephen's girlfriend Nicola, in a dressing gown, ran out after to assist him
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Stephen's girlfriend Nicola, in a dressing gown, ran out after to assist him

He briefly struggles to open the gate before sprinting towards the car. The teen leaps out of the passenger door and tries to run away before Stephen catches him.

The lad said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” as he was wrestled to the ground in Longbenton, Newcastle.

Roofer Stephen said: “The guy realised I was naked. He didn’t know where to put his hands.”

 Stephen, who forked out £10,000 for his motor, said: 'Everyone deserves a second chance' after he decided against pressing charges
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Stephen, who forked out £10,000 for his motor, said: 'Everyone deserves a second chance' after he decided against pressing charges

Nicola said: “Next door came out and saw him in all his glory.”

Stephen let the thief go when he saw how young he was. Cops traced the lad after Tuesday’s 11.30pm drama but the pair did not press charges.

Stephen, who forked out £10,000 for his motor, said: “Everyone deserves a second chance.”