Thornton Heath Incident: Before being taken into custody, a guy purportedly carrying an acid weapon and members of the Metropolitan Police fought for three hours aboard a London bus in Thornton Heath. The suspect reportedly threatened the bus driver and several passengers with a bottle of what he claimed to be corrosive material at around 8:30 p.m. on February 11, 2024. The Standard reports that authorities have verified that no one was hurt and that the contents of the bottle were not caustic.
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Thornton Heath Incident
Soon after midnight, the man—dressed in an orange jumpsuit—was tased by the police and taken into custody. Police suspect the man may have been under the influence of drugs; he was brought to the hospital so they could do more testing on him.
The suspect, who is said to be in his late 30s, reportedly started smoking after boarding the 109 bus at Brixton, according to Mail Online. He pulled a bottle out of his pocket and threatened other people with it, saying it contained something toxic.
At 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, scores of police officers, including members of the force’s Territorial Support Group, firefighters, and ambulance drivers, arrived at the site in Croydon. Following his refusal to assist the authorities, there was a three-hour standoff at Thornton Heath.
Tasers were used against the man by officers donning chemical suits as they surrounded the bus. At approximately midnight, he was eventually brought under control at Thornton Heath and sent to a hospital for more testing. The Standard said that the Metropolitan Police had roped off the area from Brigstock Road to Thornton Heath Garage and asked residents to find other ways.
This is London’s second complaint of an incident with a “corrosive substance” this month. Although there were no casualties from the Thornton Heath incident, a 31-year-old woman from Clapham suffered “life-changing injuries” from an earlier alkaline attack.
Authorities were summoned to Lessar Avenue, Clapham, at around 7:25 p.m. on January 31, according to Sky News, after a man was allegedly using a “corrosive substance” to attack a woman and her two kids.
According to police, the incident was sparked by the breakup of the love connection between the suspect, Adbul Ezedi, and the victim. Her two girls, who are eight and three years old, have been freed from the hospital where the mother is presently receiving treatment. Her friends created a GoFundMe campaign to help with her medical expenses.
Ezedi was last spotted leaning over the railings of Chelsea Bridge in London at about 11:30 p.m. on the night of the incident. The Metropolitan Police have started a manhunt for him.