An off-duty police officer slammed a sex predator to the floor and arrested him after committing a sexual act in front of a juvenile train passenger.
The detective inspector was traveling to work night shifts on a train en route to Lewisham when the young woman, not knowing him as a police officer, appealed for help.
The officer asked the victim to point to the suspect who had gone in another vehicle.
He immediately arrested the man, but as soon as he got him off the train, the suspect tried to break free and became violent towards the officer, resulting in a fight on the platform at New Cross.
Moments later a member of the public and station staff came to help the officer apprehend the suspect and called 999 for emergency assistance. The man was taken into custody by British Transport Police (BTP) officials.
The incident happened on Monday, November 29 at 6.30 pm.
Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, who is in charge of policing at Hackney and Tower Hamlets, where the DI is located, said: “Being a police officer means we have the ability to step in and keep ourselves in difficult or dangerous situations to protect ourselves. Hopefully the public, whether we are on duty or not.
“My officer acted very swiftly and supported the victim to stop the suspect from walking away, which was quite shaken. I hope this reflects our commitment to keeping the public safe for all, Women and girls in particular. I am incredibly proud of the selfless and brave way they have stepped forward, not for a moment thinking of anything other than protecting the young girl and the wider community.
“I also appreciate the actions of the public and the station staff, who supported and supported the officer when he shouted for help. A dangerous man was arrested because of the bravery of all those involved.”
If you have been the victim of sexual assault, report it to the police on 101 or if the incident has just happened, call 999.
If the incident happened on a train or tube, report it to British Transport Police by messaging 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40. Always dial 999 in case of emergency. Crimestoppers can also be reported anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org,