Bravery of off-duty police officer praised following Bexleyheath stabbing

11:40 23 August 2013

An off-duty police officer has been applauded for his bravery after a suspect was tackled and disarmed following a stabbing in Bexleyheath Broadway last night.

The attack took place at 8.15pm, and left a 47-year-old man with wounds to his stomach. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

The officer, a sergeant based in Southwark who was on his way to a night shift, confronted the suspect by the clock tower and forced him to put the knife down.

He assisted officers as they handcuffed the 48-year-old man, who has been taken into custody at a south London police station in connection with the incident.

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.”

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