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DUTY CALLS: Off-duty police officers arrest man for assaulting woman in Harrow

 Published on: 7th November 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been arrested after two off-duty Met officers intervened as he assaulted a woman at a train station.

On Tuesday, 31 October, the two female Met officers were making their way home after finishing their shift. At Harrow on the Hill station, they became aware of a man punching a woman.

Despite both being newly recruited ‘student officers’ attached to the Met’s North West BCU, and not having protective equipment with them, they intervened, with one of the officers stepping in front of the suspect while the other checked the victim for injuries. Thankfully the victim was not seriously hurt and did not require ambulance treatment.

As the man made off, both officers gave chase while calling for back-up from Met colleagues, which led to his arrest.

Detective Superintendent Will Lexton-Jones of the Met’s North West BCU said: “Both officers acted bravely and decisively to prevent an already serious incident from escalating further. We will never know just how grave a situation was prevented by their intervention.

“Having put themselves in harm’s way to protect members of the public, the officers were able to call for backup from equally committed colleagues. By working together, the off-duty officers and the colleagues who’d replaced them on shift arrested this man with nobody sustaining a serious injury.”

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