BY TOBY PORTER
A cop pursuing a suspect had her hair grabbed and head repeatedly smashed against a wall – until a passer-by grabbed her attacker and helped her handcuff him.
The Met are now hoping to trace her helper to find out what he witnessed.
The female victim had been one of two officers chasing a pair of suspicious teenagers off a bus, and she pursued one, who fled.
But he turned on her and started beating her in Hopton Road, Streatham at around 6.40pm on Friday.
The 24-year-old cop was only able to detain the teenager when a member of the public intervened to help her.
Police are asking for that member of the public who came to the officer’s aid to come forward.
The victim was one of two officers in a marked police car who were told by an off duty officer about two teenagers abandoning a moped in Streatham High Road, Streatham.
The officers spotted the suspects boarding a bus towards Brixton and followed it, but the suspect duo spotted them and got off the bus.
One of the suspects fled and was pursued by the 24-year-old officer, into Hopton Road, where she held him and tried to search him.
But he grabbed her hair and struck her head against a wall multiple times before throwing her to the ground.
It was then that the passer-by intervened and helped to restrain her attacker so that he could be handcuffed.
The member of the public then walked away before he could be asked for his details. Police have asked the man to come forward.
“He is a witness and is in no way a suspect in the incident,” the Met confirmed. He is white, of slim build, and may have been wearing glasses.
The officer was taken to hospital; she suffered cuts and bruises to her face, knees and arms and potential whiplash injuries, but is otherwise not seriously injured.
The arrested boy, aged 15, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting and emergency worker twice, theft of a motor vehicle and taken to a South London police station, where he remains.
The other teenage suspect was also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and remains in custody.
If you are the member of the public referred to, or you know who he is, call police on 101 quoting CAD 7003/14JUN19, or go to your local police station.