This is the unbelievable moment a man carrying an axe casually strolls through a crowded shopping centre moments before being tackled by a heroic policeman.
CCTV footage taken from Brent Cross Shopping Centre, north
He then continues walking past a branch of the clothing store Reiss, where cameras catch him with the blade dangling by his side.
Moments later a heroic police officer sprints after him and jumps on him as security officers are called.
The 41-year-old man casually strolling through the shopping centre in north London
Inspector Jack Rowlands, from the Metropolitan Police, praised his colleague for running after the man.
He said on Twitter: ‘Notice one of my colleagues run towards this man, doesn’t look like he has a Taser, just runs towards danger to protect the public.’
A man claiming to be the hero policeman’s brother replied to the Tweet, saying: ‘He is not taser trained hasn’t been given the opportunity yet.
The axe-wielding man was quickly pursued by a selfless police officer who detained him
‘So please inspector Jack Rowlands put him forward for the taser training he’s my brother he’s served years in the British Transport Police before moving onto the Metropolitan police few years ago many thanks.’
To which Insp Rowlands replied: ‘Can you [send] a massive thank you from me for what he has done. Exceptionally brave and proud to be his colleague. If you can ping me a dm with his details ill see what I can do.’
The man is led away by heroic police officer after being detained. He was let off with a caution
The CCTV – which appears to have been recorded on a mobile phone from a store’s camera system – is dated Tuesday, February 5 at 5.20pm, when people who have recently left work were heading to the mall in north London.
Police were called at 5.42pm and arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
He was given a caution and released.
A spokesman for the Met said confirmed the details, adding: ‘He was subsequently interviewed and issued with a caution.’