Man, 56, charged over policeman ‘stab’ attack

A 56-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a policeman was stabbed in the head.

Muhammed Rodwan, 56, of Villiers Close, Luton, is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon after the attack in Leyton, east London, at around midnight on Thursday.

Rodwan will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police said.

The officer, 28, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He managed to taser his attacker despite being badly injured in the "sudden and brutal" assault which lasted just seconds.

The attack happened after the patrol officer tried to stop a van suspected of having no insurance.

The officer, who has around a decade of police experience, was treated by colleagues and paramedics in Leyton High Road as his uniform lay next to him on the ground.

Witness Muhammad Faisal, 31, said: "We saw someone lying on the road. Next to him was his police uniform.

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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Pc Stuart Outten who was injured during an incident in Leyton, east London, just after midnight on Thursday. Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the attempted murder of Pc Outten and possession of an offensive weapon.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Pc Stuart Outten who was injured during an incident in Leyton, east London, just after midnight on Thursday. Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the attempted murder of Pc Outten and possession of an offensive weapon.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Muhammad Rodwan, 56, appearing at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the attempted murder of Pc Stuart Outten, 28, and possession of an offensive weapon following an incident in Leyton, east London, just after midnight on Thursday.
Handout screengrab from video of police and ambulance services treating someone at the scene in Leyton, east London, where an officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
Handout screengrab from video of police at the scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
A van, believed to have been driven by the attacker, is loaded at the scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop the vehicle.
The scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
Police officers at the scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
The scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
Police at the scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
The scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop a van.
Police secure the area where a man was stabbed Wednesday evening, in the Leyton area of east London, Thursday March 7, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May continues to face criticism over her refusal to accept an alleged link between reduced numbers of police officers, and increases of bloodshed on Britain's streets, as another man lost his life in a fatal stabbing in the capital. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)
A van, believed to have been driven by the attacker, is loaded at the scene in Leyton, east London, where a police officer was stabbed shortly before midnight after attempting to stop the vehicle.
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"They were providing him assistance to his head. We didn't see the wound, but we saw a lot of blood."

The attack prompted outrage from policing leaders and politicians.

Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: "Police officers across London are out there every day at risk protecting the public – and sadly, yet again, a Metropolitan Police officer has suffered a severe injury on duty."

He added: "Enough is enough. Police officers should be going home at the end of their shifts. Not to hospital."

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "Absolutely horrified by the shocking stabbing of one of our brave police officers in Leyton overnight.

"His courage in the face of danger shows how police put their lives on the line to protect us every day. I wish the officer a full recovery & my thoughts are with him."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a "sickening attack".

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