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Man charged over Bexleyheath stabbing

PUBLISHED: 09:19 27 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 27 August 2013

A 48-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following a stabbing in Bexleyheath Broadway.

John Paul Clarke, of Southcote Road, Bournemouth, was due to appear in Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Saturday over the incident at 8.15pm last Thursday.

An off-duty police officer was applauded for apprehending the suspect while he was on his way to a night shift.

The Southwark sergeant confronted the man by the clock tower and forced him to put the knife down after the attack.

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “This was an appalling attack that left a man with serious injuries. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

“I would like to pay tribute to the officer whose quick thinking and courage led to the detention of the attacker.

“Incidents like this show that police officers, whether on duty or off, are sometimes asked to place themselves in the most dangerous of situations in order to protect the public they serve so diligently.”

A 47-year-old man was left with wounds to his stomach and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

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