Shocking moment man punches a police officer in the face as he is arrested on ...

Shocking moment man punches a police officer in the face as he is arrested on ...
Shocking moment man punches a police officer in the face as he is arrested on ...

This is the shocking moment a man appears to punch a police officer in the face as he is arrested on a London tube after allegedly becoming aggressive when he was confronted over failing to wear a face mask. 

The incident took place on the District Line on 6 July near Acton Town Underground Station at around 7.35pm in front of shocked onlookers.  

Video footage recorded by a witness and shared online shows the 26-year-old man, who is dressed head-to-toe in black and wearing white trainers, sitting on an empty row of seats on the busy carriage.

The clothed officer is trying to place handcuffs on him but the man, who has not been named by police, keeps resisting before appearing to punch the officer in the face.

The officer was attempting to arrest the man for breaching Covid regulations by not wearing a face mask on public transport. He had refused to provide his details meaning a fixed penalty notice could not be issued, a spokesperson for the Met Police told MailOnline.  

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The man punches a police officer in the face

Man punches police officer

This is the shocking moment a man appears to punch a police officer in the face as he is arrested on a London tube after allegedly becoming aggressive when he was confronted over failing to wear a face mask

The Met Police told MailOnline the footage posted online shows only a portion of the events and the man was being arrested for his earlier aggressive behaviour.

As the officer tries to restrain him, the man punches him in the face and shouts: 'Don't touch me!'

The officer then pulls out his baton and demands that the man give him his wrists so that he can cuff him.

'You just punched me in the face,' he tells the man, who in turn accuses the officer of 'strangling' him.

'Do as you're told!' the police officer shouts, as a second male passenger stands up and tried to reason with the man.

At this point, the train conductor makes an announcement that a passenger alarm has been sounded.

After being punched, the police officer stands away from the passenger

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The police officer pulls the man from his seat

'Do as you're told!' the police officer shouts, as a second male passenger stands up and tried to reason with the man. Finally, the police officer takes hold of the man's arm and pulls him out of his seat (right)

The officer again pleads with the man several times to give him his wrists, and tells him to get on the floor and spread his arms out so

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