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This is the dramatic moment police officers armed with tasers arrested a drunken thug who “tormented” passengers and attacked a guard on a London bound train.
Paul Abraham, 26, has been jailed for 20 months after he attacked a train guard with a piece of broken glass in a drunken rage just outside Catford station.
He also threatened passengers on the service, before officers stormed a carriage and arrested him.
The guard had walked towards the driver’s carriage after someone pulled the emergency cord on the service, applying the emergency brakes and stopping the train.
When he arrived at the front of the train he found Abraham swearing and kicking at the driver’s cabin, British Transport Police (BTP) said.
The unruly passenger had already smashed a bottle of vodka on the floor and was wielding a broken piece of glass.
When the guard approached the man, Abraham cut the guard’s hand and began threatening him.
Abraham then sat himself down next to a passenger, before lunging at him, violently shaking him and threatening to kill him before slapping the innocent bystander.
He then turned to a woman passenger he thought was laughing at him and threw his shoe at her, police added.
Abraham then continued his violent rampage as he threw a series of punches at the train guard after shouting at him to open the train doors.
Police officers armed with tasers and a specially trained police dog soon arrived and arrested Abraham.
The shocking attack happened on board a Southeastern service travelling between Gillingham and London Victoria on November 2, last year.
BTP has released shocking CCTV footage of Abraham’s rampage, in which one police officer can be seen appearing to shove Abraham to the ground as he faces up to officers while lighting a cigarette.
The officers then rush towards Abraham and arrest him as he lies on the carriage floor.
In the footage, Abraham can also be seen violently shaking the passenger in his seat, before shoving a woman as she comes to challenge the drunken thug.
Abraham, from Kent, was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday, August 21.
He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to one count of affray, four counts of assault by beating and one count of obstruct an engine using railway by unlawful act
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ross McAlpine, said: “In his drunken state, Abraham subjected passengers to a terrifying ordeal. He went from carriage to carriage, attacking and threatening innocent people.
“Fortunately, our officers were able to quickly board the train and were able to detain him. We will never tolerate violence and will work hard to ensure that suspects are quickly detained and brought before the courts.“
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