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Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
'Cannabis offered to police chief'
Chief Supt Brian Moore was not in uniform at the time
A man has been arrested in Lambeth, south London, after allegedly trying to sell cannabis to the borough's chief of police.

Acting commander Chief Supt Brian Moore physically struggled with the man, who is thought to have been armed, and needed the help of the public to complete the arrest.

The incident happened after he left work in Brixton on Wednesday evening and was walking towards the Tube station.

Chief Supt Moore was wearing civilian clothes, when he was approached by a man who allegedly offered him the class B drug.

'Leave me alone'

The commander asked to look at the cannabis and when he produced a substance wrapped in cellophane the policeman showed him his warrant card.

The alleged dealer then tried to run off but Chief Supt Moore managed to grab one of the wraps to use as evidence.

The suspect is then reported to have become aggressive and told the policeman to "leave him alone" as he tried to get rid of items, believed to be drugs, in his pocket.

Chief Supt Moore guided the man to a phone box as he again tried to run away. As he struggled, it is thought the man put a wrap in his mouth but the officer managed to pull it out.

Knife found

The policeman was trying to use his mobile phone to call for help but was unable to do so and the suspect managed to force his way out of the telephone kiosk.

It was then that he asked members of the public, who had gathered at the scene, to assist him. One of them called for help using their mobile.

Local officers then arrived and the man was arrested and taken to a south London police station, where he remains in custody.

When he was searched a knife was allegedly found by a uniformed officer.

'Blight on the community'

The acting borough commander described drug dealing as a "blight on the community" and praised the public for helping him.

"I am pleased that I was able to arrest this man for dealing drugs openly on the streets of Brixton.

"I was pleased with the assistance I received from members of the public. One woman looked after my bag and another person phoned police to ask for assistance.

"It is only with the continued support and co-operation of the community in Lambeth that we will continue our success against drug dealers in the borough".


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