Off-duty police officer arrests sex predator on Lewisham train

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An off duty police officer on his way to work detained a suspected sex predator (PA )
An off duty police officer on his way to work detained a suspected sex predator (PA )

An off-duty police officer wrestled a sex predator to the floor and arrested him after he committed a sex act in front of a teenage train passenger.

The detective Inspector was travelling to work for a night shift on a train through Lewisham when the young woman appealed to him for help not knowing he was a police officer.

The officer asked the victim to point out the suspect who had moved to another carriage.

He immediately arrested the man, but as he marched him off the train the suspect tried to break free and became violent towards the officer, resulting in a tussle on the platform at New Cross.

Moments later a member of the public and station staff came to help the officer detain the suspect and called 999 for emergency assistance. Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) took the man into custody.

The incident happened at 6.30pm on Monday, 29 November.

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, who is in charge of policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, where the DI is based said: “Being a police officer means we are expected to step up and place ourselves in difficult or dangerous situations in order to protect the public, regardless of whether or not we are on duty.

“My officer, acted extremely fast and prevented the suspect from getting away while still supporting the victim who was understandably extremely shaken. I hope this shows the public our commitment to keeping everyone safe, especially women and girls. I am incredibly proud of the selfless and brave way in which he stepped forward, not thinking for a moment about anything other than protecting the young girl and the wider community.

“I also applaud the actions of the member of the public and station staff who stepped in and supported the officer when he shouted for assistance. Due to the brave actions of everyone involved a dangerous individual was arrested.”

If you have been a victim of sexual assault report it to police on 101 or call 999 if the incident has just happened.

If the incident took place on a train or tube report to British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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