Metropolitan Police boss made surprise arrest while filming BBC1 documentary – but messed it up

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe arrested a suspected fare-dodger while on camera for new no-holds-barred series The Met: Policing London

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It was not the best moment to do a runner from a mini-cab.

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The boss of the Metropolitan Police Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was being filmed for a new BBC documentary and surrounded by uniformed colleagues when a man jumped out of a nearby car and ran off – without paying his fare according to the cab driver.

Hogan-Howe and colleagues gave pursuit and apprehended the man who was later charged and given a conditional discharge.

The surprise moment features in the first episode of The Met: Policing London, a no-holds-barred documentary series in which BBC1 was given unprecedented access to the force that employs more than 45,000 people.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the series, Hogan-Howe laughed off the arrest – which he said was his first in seven years.

“I have arrested people in every rank I have ever had – but this was the first time I arrested someone as commissioner,” he said.

There was just one problem: Hogan-Howe messed up the wording when he read the man his rights. 

“I got the caution wrong,” he sheepishly admitted. “I then read them again correctly off camera but there is no record of that.” 

The Met: Policing London begins on BBC1 on Monday June 8th at 9pm

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