Reporter assaulted during live broadcast, cameraman chases and catches man

04 Juin, 2020, 01:05 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Europe Correspondent Sophie Walsh has been assaulted during a live television cross in London by a man making motions to stab her

A news reporter was allegedly assaulted live on air in London during Adelaide's six o'clock evening news bulletin.

Channel Nine Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh was doing a live cross to Australian audiences from London when a man grabbed her from behind. "He just came up and grabbed me though".

Walsh can be heard screaming and swears as Australia's 9 News' anchor asks her if she is okay.

Nine News reported the attacker was chased by Ms Walsh's camera operator and other bystanders.

"The man has been arrested for threats to kill and carrying a weapon", she wrote on Twitter following the incident.

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He was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of class B drugs.

Walsh later tweeted thanks to her cameraman "who chased him (suspect) down armed with a light stand".

Nerves were already on edge after a vehicle collided with two people in nearby Kensington, although police have since announced it is not believed to be a terrorist incident.

An officer at the scene told The National the auto incident was not connected to the protests but it was initially treating it as a suspicious vehicle. "A man was subsequently arrested for driving offences", police said.

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