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Police accused of fuelling racial tension after 13 officers arrest man at Willesden Junction station

PUBLISHED: 17:08 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:20 28 June 2016

Police at the scene in Willesden Junction Station

Police at the scene in Willesden Junction Station

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Police have been accused of being heavy-handed after 13 officers have been pictured arresting a suspected fare dodger at Willesden Junction train station.

In a further twist the member of the public who took this picture said she feared she would be arrested herself when she challenged the officers yesterday at 10.30am.

According to the woman, who wishes to be anonymous, a total of 17 officers surrounded the ‘small black man’ who she said was clearly in distress.

Admitting she had asked what was going on while taking the photo an officer approached her and led her away from scene causing her to believe she was going to be arrested.

She said: “The surrounded man was shouting and he looked in great distress so I thought they were going to arrest me for taking a photograph.

“The police are complaining about their budgets being cut so is it really necessary for so many officers to deal with one person?

“Perception is reality and this shouldn’t happen to anyone no matter what race they are, but to do so with a black man fuels racial tension.”

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “We were called to Willesden Junction station after receiving reports of a man acting aggressively towards rail staff and a PCSO.

“Officers from BTP and the Metropolitan Police quickly attended and a 21-year-old man from Wandsworth was arrested on suspicion of causing a section 4 public order offence. He remains in police custody at this time.

“Enquiries into the circumstances of this incident are ongoing.”


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