AN OFF-duty cop has been revealed as the commuter who headbutted a “ranting” commuter on a busy London train in an apparent rush-hour row over seating.
Video footage taken on a C2C train showed a tall man with short ginger hair, wearing a suit, restraining a shorter man against a door before striking him with a sickening blow to the face.
The British Transport Police (BTP) said that it received reports of a man allegedly making violent threats to passengers on the train.
The 29-year-old smaller man was filmed ranting at passengers on the packed train, which is believed to have been travelling from London to Southend-on-Sea on Thursday.
He then starts shouting at the taller male, who the Met Police have now confirmed was an off-duty cop.
After reviewing the video, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards spokesman said he was “satisfied that there is no indication that the officer committed a criminal offence, nor that he behaved in a manner that would justify disciplinary proceedings.”
The video shows the moment the 29-year-old yelled and held the off-duty officer, who works for the Met, who then knocked him to the floor him with a headbutt.
Some passengers could be heard laughing at the incident, which was said to have taken place between Barking and West Ham.
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It is believed the row was sparked when the man who was hit had tried to sit on the back of two chairs.
The BTP confirmed a 29-year-old man had been charged over the attack in Upminster on October 3.
Danut Buftea, 29, of no fixed address, was to appear today at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, after being charged with a public order offence.
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