Peckham knifeman tasered by police after boarding train packed with passengers

A man was tasered by armed police after he boarded a London train with a knife.

Officers were called at midday on Tuesday to an address in Queens Road, Peckham where an armed man was reportedly having a "mental health crisis".

When police arrived he left in a car, launching a chase down the road.

The man left the car and ran along railway lines to Queens Road Peckham Railway Station.

"Only in Peckham would someone try to drive onto a train," a witness tweeted along with a photo of the car by the tracks.

He then boarded a train – which was in service and contained passengers – still armed with a knife.

The pursuing officers located the man on the train, and tasered him to detain him.

London Ambulance Service have attended the scene and the man, believed to be aged in his mid-50s, has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

There are no reports of any injuries to members of the public or officers.

Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith from the Central South Command Unit said: "This incident highlights the challenges that police officers confront on a daily basis.

"I am very proud of the courage and determination of all the officers involved, and pleased that their work helped ensure no member of the public suffered any harm."

A police helicopter was deployed to observe the chase.

One witness tweeted there were "helicopters, armed police, dogs, bully vans, cars, cameras" at the station.

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