At around 4:40pm on Monday, 5 June, PC Nawol was patrolling Sutton High Street, approaching Wilkinsons. PC Nawol heard someone shouting abusive language and looked around to see where it was coming from. He noticed a male of a large build in a light blue t-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms staring at him. PC Nawol asked the male if he was alright, to which the male angrily replied “No” and then threw an open bottle of drink at the officer. PC Nawol managed to catch the bottle and the contents emptied onto the floor.
PC Nawol again asked if the male was alright and what the problem was. The male then began to walk away but then turned around and started marching towards the officer. The male appeared very angry and his fists were clenched down by his sides. PC Nawol thought the male was going to hit him, so he dropped the bottle on to the floor to free up his hands and call for backup on his radio. The male stopped in front of PC Nawol but didn’t say anything, he was breathing heavily. The male then threw a punch at PC Nawol and hit the helmet off his head.
As soon as this happened, several members of public ran to assist PC Nawol. The male fell to his knees and the members of public assisted in restraining and detaining the male on the floor. Another police unit arrived and helped get the male into handcuffs and he was arrested. This was a completely unprovoked attack and if it wasn’t for the members of public that came to PC Nawol’s aid, he could have been seriously injured.
The Male was charged with a Section 5 Public Order for offensive language and common assault, he is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates Court on Thursday, 22 June 2017.
We would like to thank the public for their brave assistance.
The footage was all captured on Sutton Council’s funded CCTV system.