A commuter headbutted a man who had allegedly been making violent threats and fighting while riding a train from London. The commuter has been revealed to be an off-duty police officer.
The man in a suit who works for the Metropolitan Police was seen striking the man with a beard on board the c2c service between West Ham and Barking.
The bearded man was allegedly harassing other passengers. The suited man was praised for protecting them.
The harasser was restrained and taken by the police at Upminster station, Essex. He was arrested for suspicion of bringing a knife and theft by finding.
“We are aware of social media footage showing an off-duty Met officer on a mainline train on the afternoon of Thursday, 3 October,” said Met Police spokesperson.
“The footage on social media is a limited capture of the incident, which is believed to have lasted in excess of 20 minutes.”
“The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have reviewed the video and the details surrounding the incident and are satisfied that there is no indication that the officer committed a criminal offence, nor that he behaved in a manner that would justify disciplinary proceedings.”
Del Scott-Lewis, a passenger from Ockenden, reported to MailOnline that he was a part of stopping the bearded man. He said, “I'm looking round over my left shoulder, facing a girl sitting down. He's mumbling on about 'I'm from f***ing Afghanistan.”
Train passenger Mark Taylor, told MailOnline, “The guy was causing trouble. He had tried to sit on the divider between the seats.”
He also expressed, “No one could blame him and it did the carriage a favour. That's why everyone was laughing. He was hauled out at Upminster. Eventful journey.”
“I'm in no way condoning violence. However, having witnessed the 15 minute build up prior to this head butt, I can confirm he deserved it. What you are seeing is the head butt with no context behind it,” said Lindsey Walsh.
“British Transport Police received a report at 3.35pm on October 3 of a man fighting and making violent threats to passengers on board a train,” shared a British Transport Police spokesman.
He continued, “He was restrained onboard the service and arrested when it arrived at Upminster station. Following a search, the man, aged 29, was further arrested on suspicion of carrying a knife and theft by finding. He remains in custody.”