POLICE OFFICER THREATENED WITH LOADED SHOTGUN
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a police officer was threatened with a shotgun while another had a moped driven at him on Anerley Road.
At around 23:30hrs on Wednesday, 28 June plain clothes officers from Bromley Crime Squad were carrying out patrols in the Betts Park area, just off Anerley Road.
A moped with a rider and a pillion passenger stopped opposite them. Two men got off and approached the officers but seemed to realise who they were and made off.
A male Detective Constable pursued the first suspect on foot into Seymour Villas SE20 and then an alleyway. There the suspect produced a shotgun and pointed it at the officer before making off.
No shots were fired and the DC was not injured.
A male PC chased the second suspect along Anerley Road where he got back on the moped and drive it directly at the officer. The officer struck out with his baton and the suspect fell from the moped before making off on foot in the direction of Elmers End.
An extensive search of the area took place with firearms and borough officers, dog units and a police helicopter but the suspects, described as black and aged 16-20, could not be traced.
A loaded shotgun was recovered in the alleyway along with a knife.
The moped, a black Honda, was recovered and found to have false number plates.
Detective Inspector Ed Facer, the investigating officer from Trident, said: “This was a very serious incident with two police officers threatened, it was incredibly lucky given the circumstances that they were not badly injured.
“We would appeal for any witnesses to what happened or who saw the suspects making off or anyone else with information to please contact us as soon as possible.
“These are dangerous individuals who were out that night heavily armed with a loaded shotgun and a knife. “We need to take them off the streets.”
Chief Supeintendent Chris Hafford, Borough commander for Bromley, said: “This was a very worrying incident for my officers who acted with the utmost professionalism and bravery in a difficult situation.
“Both officers were threatened, one with a shotgun which must have been terrifying. “I commend their actions and would urge to public to come forward with any information that could help identify the suspects.”
Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, are asked to contact Trident on 020 8247 4863, or contact police via 101 or Twitter @MetCC.
To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue. (Source Met Police press release)