TV chef Jamie Oliver has been hailed as a 'hero' by his neighbours, after reportedly chasing down a burglar who had attempted to ransack their London homes.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock (9874889b)<br /> Jamie Oliver at BBC Radio 2 studios<br /> Jamie Oliver out and about, London, UK - 07 Sep 2018

The 43-year-old star allegedly ran after the reportedly ‘aggressive’ burglar, who had been trying to break in to his £8.9 million mansion, in Highgate, North London.

According to The Mirror, Jamie pinned down and burglar and kept him there until the police arrived, after call 999.

One of Jamie’s neighbours has since praised his brave act, with one saying, “It was just a brave, selfless thing to do.

“Despite the clearly very hairy situation, Jamie was laughing and joking with the coppers saying they’d done a great job to arrive so quickly after the 999 call. Everyone is really thankful for his quick thinking and courage.”

Reportedly the burglar was also trying to raid other properties on the exclusive London street. Jamie is said to have first noticed the disruption after a noise outside on the street.

A source told The Mirror, “Jamie was alerted to something wrong when he heard a massive commotion coming from his neighbour’s house.

“He was set to investigate but before he knew it, he was face to face with the burglar himself as he tried to smash his way into his house as well.

“Jamie went absolutely mad and sprinted after the man down the street before catching up with him and pinning him down to the floor.”

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The source continued, “He was then joined by his driver and a handful of ­neighbours who helped him hold down the burglar until police arrived to arrest him.

“As well as protecting his family, he is very community spirited and cares just as much for the welfare of his neighbours as well. That’s probably why he leapt into action.” Aww!

Jamie lives at his lavish London home with his wife Jools, and their five children, Buddy, Poppy, Daisy, Petal, and newborn son River.

It’s thought that they were all at home at the time of the incident, which took place last Tuesday night.

Of the incident, a spokesman for Scotland Yard told the Mirror,  “At 7.13pm on Tuesday, 4th of September, police were called to reports of an aggressive male attempting to gain entry to residential addresses in N6.

“The male was apprehended by members of the public and was ­subsequently detained by police.”

Well done to Jamie for saving the day!