London Bridge ticket inspector receives award after disarming knife-wielding man

News Desk (14 May, 2015) Crime

The 40-year-old tackled a 'man clutching a knife and threatening a woman.'

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A London Bridge ticket inspector who disarmed a man threatening to stab people has received a police commendation.

Michael Mitchell showed ‘incredible bravery’ during the rush-hour incident and was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation by the British Transport Police at a special event last week.

The 40-year-old Downham man said: “I was stood checking tickets at the barriers when a woman ran in, screaming that there was a man outside with a knife. I ran out into the street and saw this man clutching a knife and threatening a woman.

“The area was really crowded with rush-hour traffic and a mother and young children were walking close by. I knew I had to act before he seriously hurt someone. I ran at him, managed to overpower him and bring him to the ground. I restrained him and got the knife off him, until BTP officers arrived.”

He added that ‘my own safety never even came into my mind – all the rules just went out the window’ during the incident in June last year.

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