Nick Sophocleous was staying at his girlfriend's flat in North Kensington last month when he realized that a full-scale bust of the London bombing suspects was in progress across the way. He captured the arrest on video, and sold it to the media for 60 thousand pounds. Now, you too can enjoy the satisfaction of being an amateur producer, if not the material bounty. Click here to join the ranks of OTM's citizen watchdogs.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: The Guardian newspaper reported this week that Nick Sophocleous was staying at his girlfriend's flat in North Kensington on July 21st when she called to alert him that suspects in the London bombing were holed up just across the street. But darn it, his camcorder was dead! So he charged the battery for an agonizingly long 20 minutes, catching the suspects on tape just as they left their building in their underwear, surrounded by the law. His images were beamed around the world, netting him a nice piece of change.
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