We are able to confirm that a serving British Transport Police officer was involved in yesterday’s terror incident on London Bridge in the City of London.
The officer, who was in plain clothes and who is based in London, helped other members of the public in detaining the suspect and preventing any further killings.
He is seen in social media videos, holding a knife and walking away from the scene as City of London firearms officers arrive.
The Metropolitan Police Service have asked that his image be pixelated, and we are kindly asking the public and media to respect this request and not identify the officer in any way.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther from British Transport Police, said:
“First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to everyone who is affected or who lost loved ones during yesterday’s senseless attack.
“This morning I spoke with the British Transport Police officer who bravely ran towards danger yesterday afternoon. The courageous actions he took when faced with the horrors of this attack are remarkable. He, as well as other members of the public, should be extremely proud of what they did to stop this man on London Bridge.
“This attack comes meters away from the dreadful incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in 2017. During this, many other BTP, Met and City officers were involved and I know this will bring back dark memories. We stand ready to support those officers who will understandably be reliving the events of 2017.”
Immediately following this attack, British Transport Police began to increase officer deployments throughout England and Wales. Please don’t be alarmed by this, it doesn’t mean there is any specific intelligence relating to the railway, or that there is an increased risk if you are travelling by train or tube. Our officers are there to make sure you feel safe and know that we are there to protect you.
Chief Constable Crowther added:
“As ever, we would ask passengers throughout the nation to remain alert but not alarmed. You are the eyes and ears of the rail network and if something you see or hear ever raises your suspicions, report it.
“You can do this by texting us on 61016 or by reporting online at www.gov.uk/ACT.
“Finally, I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude to all those officers who are working extended hours this weekend, or who are working during a rest day in order to reassure the public and keep them safe.”
If you see something out of place, or unusual, please speak to one of our officers or a member of rail staff.
Look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place.
Trust your instincts and report it – we will assess whether the information you have is important or not.