Bexleyheath policeman who arrested axe-wielding man receives award
A POLICE officer from Bexleyheath who arrested an axe-wielding man on the Underground has received an award.
PC Steven Donnelly was today presented with a Certificate of Commendation for his bravery during the incident in June 2011, which later saw a man jailed for four years.
He was on duty in West Ham with PC Tabatha Virdee - who received the same award - when they saw a man self-harming on the edge of a platform at Bromley by Bow station.
The same man had previously been brandishing the axe at passengers on board an Underground train at West Ham station, in a “highly animated and dangerous state.”
Stockwell-based Inspector John Sanderson, who was on his way home from work at the time, managed to wrestle the axe from the grip of the man during a violent struggle but he fled the scene.
PC’s Donnelly and Virdee approached the man on the platform and saw he was also in possession of a flammable liquid and a lighter.
The pair acted immediately and after a struggle, detained the man.
It later transpired the suspect had inappropriately touched a female passenger at Stepney Green station earlier on the same day.
He was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, sexual assault on a female, common assault and criminal damage.
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.”
BTP Chief Constable Andrew Trotter presented PC’s Donnelly and Virdee, as well as Inspector Sanderson, with their awards at a ceremony held at the British Medical Association building in Tavistock Square today.