Police explain hero's arrest after he saves woman
Man's act was "courageous" - but still no honour
Hounslow Police are praising the 'public spirited' actions of a man who came to the defense of a woman being attacked near Boston Manor tube station - despite arresting him following his 'courageous' act.
John Cann, 19, was driving near the station on January 30th when he saw a man smash a woman's windscreen and attempt to drag her from her car.
Cann was attacked by the man, who was swinging a studded dog collar. However Cann punched the man to the ground. Police arrived, but the woman was too scared to press charges. Instead, they arrested Cann on suspicion of causing Actual Bodily Harm. He was released after five hours, but his fingerprints, photograph and DNA profile remain on police files - causing concern to his family that this may lead to suspicions being raised in the future.
There was further controversy when Police refused to consider giving Cann an honour for his bravery, with Ali Dizaei, the Borough Commander for Hounslow, saying that "The Metropolitan Police does not condone members of the public taking the law into their own hands and will therefore not be recommending Mr Cann for any form of reward".
However local Police have now released a statement explaining the circumstances, with a senior Inspector telling www.brentfordTW8.com: "In my view, the actions of Mr Cann were creditable and may have prevented a serious assault on the woman involved.
"There are a
number of issues which have been raised in this case - the arrest of Mr
Cann’s actions on the night of the 30 January were courageous. His
March 23, 2006