Watch: Man tasered by police after threatening bus passengers with ‘unknown substance’

Police were called to a bus in Croydon on Sunday night as a man reportedly threatened fellow passengers with “an unknown substance”.

Passengers and the driver were evacuated from the bus, police said. The substance was not thrown at anyone and there were no injuries.

Video obtained by The Telegraph showed the suspect sitting one row from the back on the top deck of the bus before he was tasered by officers.

“We watched the whole thing, right there at the bus stop,” said a resident. “The bus got stopped outside by armed police. They were hanging around outside for ages and then more police came, the fire engines came, and then they were just waiting for a specialist unit.

“They told him to get off the bus about five times and he didn’t, and they went up and they tasered him. He was calm.”

Emergency services, including police officers in blue chemical suits, were sent to the scen
Emergency services, including police officers in blue chemical suits, were sent to the scene - UKNIP

Others said they had looked out of their windows to see queues of buses and a huge police presence.

“I looked out of the window and there was a queue of buses right up and down the road,” said another resident. “There were lots of police in various outfits. We later heard that a man had been threatening people with acid.”

London Road was closed to the public from around 8.30pm as police responded to the situation. A video shared on social media showed several officers in blue all-in-one suits attending the scene.

A police statement said: “There is currently a police presence in London Road, Thornton Heath. We were called to the location shortly after 8.30pm to reports of a man threatening bus passengers with an unknown substance. The substance has not been thrown at anyone, and nobody is injured.

“All passengers and the driver have left the bus.”