Off-duty police officer, 29, wearing only his underwear grabs pickaxe to scare off armed moped gang trying to raid jewellery store just two weeks into his career
- Newly qualified officer woken up at 3.30am by disturbance in Barnes High Street
- The gang threw a pickaxe at the officer but he grabbed it and ran towards them
- Group of four suspects escaped on mopeds and didn’t steal anything from shop
A newly qualified police officer wearing just his underwear used a pickaxe to ward off an armed moped gang trying to raid a jewellery store.
The 29-year-old officer was woken up at 3.30am this morning by a disturbance at a jewellers near his home on Barnes High Street.
He saw an armed gang breaking into a jewellers’ shop window and ran out into the street in his boxers.
The 29-year-old officer was woken up at 3.30am this morning by a disturbance at a jewellers near his home on Barnes High Street. Stock picture
The gang threw a pickaxe towards him which narrowly missed and he picked it up and ran towards them to scare them off.
Leaving behind a pickaxe, sledgehammer and chisel, the suspects escaped on mopeds.
The officer, who was only on his second week of the job, cut his foot on broken glass but received no other injuries.
Even though the shop window was damaged, the suspects didn’t manage to break in and steal any property.
The heroic officer, who is remaining unnamed, said: ‘I’m glad I was able to intervene in this case.
‘Although if it happens again, I hope I have more clothes on!’
Leaving behind a pickaxe, sledgehammer and chisel, the suspects escaped on mopeds. Stock picture
Commander Sally Benatar from the South West Borough Command Unit said: ‘The bravery of this officer undoubtedly stopped the suspects from stealing anything from the premises.
‘He is a brand new officer, merely days into his role as a PC and he should be very proud of his actions. I have spoken to him today to thank him for his outstanding efforts.
‘This morning’s events go to show that police officers are never off-duty and will always go above and beyond to help their community.’
No arrests have been made.
Enquiries are ongoing.
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