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On Friday 30th March 2007 Police Constable Ismail Bhabha was off duty making his way through Kings Cross Underground Station. As he did so he heard a request over the public tannoy system for police to attend an alleged assault on a female on a Piccadilly line train.
On arriving on the Piccadilly line Ismail was confronted by a man. It was alleged that he had been harassing a mother and her young daughter.
As he was trying to verify the facts this person suddenly lunged at Ismail biting him to the face, this caused a severe facial wound, they both fell to the ground in a violent struggle.
Ismail managed to hold onto the male despite his injuries until other officers arrived at the scene. It eventually took six officers to bring him under control.
Ismail was taken to University College Hospital where he required treatment from specialist facial injury surgeon.
The assailant was later convicted of Grievous Bodily Harm and remanded to a secure mental health unit. The Judge at the conclusion of the trial made the following statement.
"The public should be very grateful to PC Bhaba because I feel that if he hadn't volunteered as he was travelling home there would have been serious injuries to other people and members of the public".
Ladies and Gentlemen Ismail Bhaba