Bexleyheath officer honoured for tackling axe-wielding passenger
PUBLISHED: 14:59 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:38 19 March 2013
A Bexleyheath police officer who tackled an axe-wielding man on a tube platform has been honoured for his bravery.
Pc Simon Donnelly was one of three officers awarded a Certificate of Commendation on Friday in central for their quick actions at Bromley-by-Bow station in east London on June 26, 2011.
He was on duty with Pc Tabatha Virdee when they saw the individual self-harming.
The same man had been brandishing the axe at passengers on board an underground train at West Ham station, in a “highly animated and dangerous state.”
The officers managed to detain the man following a struggle.
Pc Donnelly said: “I just felt I was doing my job and happy to have taken someone off the underground who was a danger and put him in prison.”
It later transpired the man had inappropriately touched a female passenger at Stepney Green station.
He was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, sexual assault on a female, common assault and criminal damage and was later jailed for four years.
Off-duty officer Insp John Sanderson also received a commendation for confronting the man on the underground.
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