Off-duty police officers arrest armed man at tube station in London


Two hero off-duty police officers detained a man armed with a knife and loaded gun after he scared other passengers on the Tube.

A passenger pulled the train’s emergency cord after claiming they spotted the weapons as they rode the District Line.

The alarm alerted the off-duty Metropolitan police officers who raced to the carriage and apprehended the man, who was allegedly drunk.

A 35-year-old man was detained and handed over to British Transport Police.

British Transport Police are now appealing for witnesses of the incident to come forward.

A BTP spokesman said: “In the early hours of Saturday, May 14 we received a report of a man on a District Line train near Earl’s Court who was believed to be carrying a firearm and a knife in his luggage.

“A member of the public pulled a passenger alarm and two off-duty Metropolitan Police officers attended the carriage and arrested the man shortly after 12.30am.

“The man, 35, from Ealing, London, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a firearm while drunk in a public place, possession of a bladed article, and possession of ammunition in a public place.

“He has since been interviewed and released on police bail until Wednesday, June 15 with a condition not to enter the transport system with any items which fall within the Firearms Act.

“Officers from BTP are now carrying out a full investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 34 of 14/05/16.

Source: Mirror Online

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