A 44-year-old man who threatened a bus driver and passengers with a corrosive substance has been arrested by police, after they stormed the vehicle and stripped him in the street.
Emergency services, including Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group, clad in blue chemical suits, were called to the scene in Croydon at 8.30pm yesterday.
The incident began when a man, reported to be in his late 30s, boarded a 109 bus in Brixton and subsequently started smoking, when he was confronted by passengers.
The situation escalated quickly when the man took out a bottle of what is believed to be a corrosive substance.
A three-hour stand-off took place between police and the ‘acid-armed man’. It is understood passengers left the bus and the substance had not been thrown at anyone and nobody had been reported injured.
The man could be seen being dressed in an orange jumpsuit, before being strapped to a gurney and taken to hospital for medical evaluations
Emergency services, including officers in specialised blue chemical suits were called to the scene in Croydon
Following the arrest, chemical experts were called to the scene to assess the substance
Police detained the subject who could be seen being dressed in an orange jumpsuit, before being strapped to a gurney and taken to hospital for medical evaluations.
Following the arrest, chemical experts were called to the scene to assess the substance.
The area from Brigstock Road down to Thornton Heath Garage was cordoned off and a safety perimeter was put in place to contain the situation and prevent any harm to the public.
The Metropolitan Police issued a statement urging people to avoid the area and asked pedestrians and drivers to seek alternative routes.
Emergency services assessing the man who was taken to hospital for medical evaluations
A police cordon has been put in place as negotiations between emergency services and the man continued
The Metropolitan Police issued a statement urging people to avoid the area and asked pedestrians and drivers to seek alternative routes
The motivations behind the man’s actions are unclear.
In a statement, Met Police said: ‘A man has been arrested by Met officers responding to an incident on a bus. The man had made threats but contrary to media reports nobody was taken hostage.
‘Police were called to London Road, Thornton Heath shortly after 20:30hrs on Sunday, 11 February, to a man threatening bus passengers with an unknown substance.
‘Nobody was held hostage. The man made threats and everyone else on the bus immediately got off. The substance was not thrown.’
‘Shortly before midnight, the 44-year-old man was arrested for affray. The substance was found not to be harmful.
‘Taser was discharged prior to his arrest and officers believe the man had taken drugs. As a precaution, he was taken to hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.’