Man with knife tasered and detained on Peckham train

Katherine Johnston (18 February, 2020) Crime Emergency services

The man is believed to be suffering a mental breakdown

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A man, who boarded a Peckham train armed with a knife, has been tasered and detained by police.

Officers were called shortly after midday today to Queens Road after reports of a man with a knife “having a mental health crisis”.

The man evaded officers but was tracked down to a car nearby.

After a pursuit, the man jumped out and ran along a railway line to Queens Road Peckham train station, where he boarded a passenger train while wielding the knife, terrifying passengers, police said.

He was tasered and detained under the mental health act. He is believed to be in his 50s.

The Met confirmed there are “no reports of any injuries to members of the public or officers”.

“This incidents highlights the challenges that police officers confront on a daily basis”, said Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith, from the central south command.

“I am very proud of the courage and determination of all the officers involved, and pleased that their work helped ensure no member of the public suffered any harm.”

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