A 32-year-old man from Whitechapel in East London has been sectioned under The Mental Health Act after a passenger on the 8.17am train from East Croydon to London Bridge complained that the man nodded towards him and gave a weak smile as he sat down opposite shortly after boarding at Peckham Rye.
Following the complaint, the man was bundled to the ground by Southern Rail guards on the platform at London Bridge and delivered into police custody.
The unnamed man has now been taken to a secure unit where he will remain until psychiatric reports have been made.
In a similar incident last Christmas, a 40-year-old man from Shoreditch received a no-tariff life sentence for lewd conduct after looking up from his paper and asking a woman opposite if she was ‘alright’ as she took her seat on the 9.15am from Charing Cross to Liverpool Street.
If you’re a Londoner and you’ve been the victim of overly-friendly behaviour on public transport you should try living up north. They even speak to each other in the street up there.