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Off-duty Met Police officer grabs and tackles boy, 14, off bike at London bus stop after ‘knife threat’

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An off-duty police officer grabbed a 14-year-old boy off his bike to make an arrest following an alleged mobile phone robbery with the threat of a knife in Bromley. The pair were spotted grappling at a bus stop on Masons Hill in South East London on Tuesday (April 26), where the dressed down policeman held the hooded teen in an arm lock with his face on the ground.

In a video of the incident, the officer asks another child to get his wallet – which had his Met Police ID in – while the alleged robber shouts “I ain’t got s*** on me bro”. The person filming stopped because she was concerned about the incident, telling followers: “The shock I got while driving to see a man grab a white boy from his neck off his bicycle and struggling forcefully with him- oh my God. Got out to try to stop it/make sure the boy was ok.”

Suggesting to the officer he might be hurting the boy, the officer replies: “I’m not hurting him, I am not putting any extra pressure on him”. He then asks the children to call 999, who tell the operator they need “urgent assistance” for an off-duty police officer. The officer continued detaining the suspect, despite his complaints, ending in his arrest.

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Bromley Police said: “We’re aware of a video showing a male being detained in Masons Hill, Bromley earlier. An off duty officer bravely intervened after a robbery where a phone was stolen and threats of knives were used. He safely restrained the 14-year-old suspect until on duty officers arrived.”

In a statement, the Met Police said: “A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken into custody at a South London police station. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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