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Police officers surround suspect on back of flatbed truck before Tasering him after London stabbing

Shocking video footage has captured the moment a dozen armed police officers swarm a suspected 'knifeman' lying on the back of a flatbed truck after Tasering him.

Met Police officers closed off parts of Plumstead Road, Woolwich at 6am on Saturday morning as they apprehended a suspect who was lying atop a flatbed van's platform.

The force confirmed a 27-year-old man had been arrested following reports of a person being in possession of a knife. 

In the minute-long clip, a dozen armed officers can be clearly seen surrounding the man, who is lying on his back, before one of them discharges their Taser on him. 

After a few seconds, three of the group swoop in to grab the man amid shouts and screams.

In a scene of chaos, a bus has been stopped in the middle of the junction yards away from the vehicle and a police dog unit can be heard barking in the background. 

Armed police officers closed off parts of Plumstead Road, Woolwich at 6am on Saturday morning as they apprehended a suspect who was lying atop a flatbed van's platform

Shocked residents filmed the dramatic scene from the safety of a nearby block of flats in south east London.

The A205 and parts of Woolwich High Street were closed in both directions as officers dealt with the suspect. 

Emergency services had previously rushed to the scene after a woman was stabbed in the hand. She has since been taken to hospital for treatment. 

A spokesperson for the Met said in a statement: 'Police were called at 06:20hrs on Saturday, 31 July following reports of a man in possession of a knife in Plumstead Road, Woolwich.

Emergency services had previously rushed to the scene in south east London after a woman was stabbed in the hand. She has since been taken to hospital for treatment

A dozen officers swooped in to detain the man, who was also Tasered by the armed unit

'Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. A woman was found with a stab injury to her hand. 

'She was taken to hospital where her condition was assessed as non-life-threatening.

'A 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.

'Enquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing. It is not being treated as terrorism.'

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