Heroic Bromley officers spring into action to stop youth falling from ledge

PUBLISHED: 10:44 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:44 03 October 2014

Inspector Paul Power

Inspector Paul Power


Police officers turned life savers yesterday as they grabbed a suicidal youth armed with a knife, to prevent him falling from the ledge of a shopping centre car park.

PS Brett SmethurstPS Brett Smethurst

Officers were called to the Intu Shopping Centre in Bromley just before 4pm to reports of a male on the ledge of the car park armed with a knife.

They found a 17-year-old youth refusing to come down.

Officers worked quickly to clear both the car park and pavement below.

Sgt Brett Smethurst and Inspt Paul Power lead the police response and officers spent around quarter of an hour speaking with the youth, attempting to persuade him to come down, but he ignored the officers.

Concerned that there was the potential for the youth to jump or to slip and lose his balance at any time, Inspt Paul Power, Sgt Brett Smethurst, PC Peter Woodfine and Special Const Mike Harrison bravely grabbed the youth and restrained him, despite him struggling violently.

He was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was later found to be in possession of a suspected stolen bank card when searched at the police station and further arrested for theft.

Bromley Police’s Deputy Borough Commander Parm Sandhu said: “Our officers are asked to perform incredible tasks that are extremely demanding on a daily basis.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the officers involved for the bravery shown in safely detaining this youth, who was threatening security staff in the shopping centre with a knife and intimating that he was going to commit suicide by jumping from the multi storey car park.

“Officers took the decision to grab him to prevent him jumping or falling, wrestled him to the floor and took him to Bromley police station. Throughout he has been extremely violent toward my officers.

“I would also draw attention to Inspector Paul Power who is due to retire in a matter of weeks after 30 years service, and yet who is still active in incidents such as these.

“Bromley police officers have again proved what a vital role they play in protecting the public”.

The youth has been taken to a South London hospital for assessment.

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