A police officer who has just qualified in his role stopped armed burglars wearing only his underwear it has been revealed.
The 29-year-old officer was woken up by a disturbance near his home in Barnes High Street, SW13, at approximately 03:30hrs on Friday, 31 May – he was off duty at the time.
He then realised that a jewellers’ shop near his home had its window smashed and that suspects were attempting to break in. He then ran out into the street in just his boxer shorts! He challenged them an had a pick axe launched at him which luckily just missed. He then tried to prevent the men from breaking into the shop.
The four suspects managed to escape on mopeds and the shop window was damaged but the suspects did not manage to break in and steal anything from the jewellers.
The heroic officer based on the West Area Command Unit, who has not been named said: “I’m glad I was able to intervene in this case…although if it happens again, I hope I have more clothes on!”
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.”
Enquiries are ongoing news as yet no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 991/31MAY19, call the South West Burglary Team on 07557 313 090, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.