A man who punched a police officer on the nose, racially abused another and then bit an officer in custody during a search has pleaded guilty to assault and ABH on police.
Syed Ali, 26 (28.09.91) of no fixed abode appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court, on Tuesday, 25 September where he pleaded guilty to:
- Criminal damage to a police cell;
- Racially / religiously aggravated harassment;
- Possession of a cannabis, a Class B drug;
- One count of assault on police;
- One count of ABH on police
Two uniformed male police officers were called at approximately 06:00hrs on Monday, 24 September to Greenwich bus station, where they spoke to a man who was behaving anti-socially and refusing to alight from a bus. The officers spent 30 minutes trying to reason with him and resolve the situation as he appeared agitated.
He then assaulted one officer by punching him in the face, smashing his glasses and causing his nose to bleed. His attention then turned to another officer who he swore at with a torrent of racial abuse.
Once in custody, he continued acting aggressively. During a search, he bit a third male officer on his right arm, causing it to bleed.
Ali was bailed with conditions to appear at a Woolwich Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.
One the same day of the assault on police in Greenwich, two police officers working in Barking and Dagenham were attacked by a member of the public they had gone to help in an unconnected incident.
Police were called to Rusholme Avenue in Dagenham at 15:00hrs to carry out a welfare check on a man. During the course of this incident the 36-year-old suspect [A] attacked both officers. He was subsequently arrested for two counts of assault on police and taken to an east London police station.
One officer was taken to a central London hospital for treatment related to this incident. The suspect has since been charged with two counts of assault on police. He was bailed to appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 9 October.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: "I am extremely proud of the hard work my colleagues do every day to protect all Londoners and keep them safe.
"Officers know they may face unexpected danger yet feel passionately about the importance of putting on the uniform and responding to the public's calls for help. I hope all Londoners will join me in condemning this completely unacceptable level violence against the very people seeking to keep our communities safe.
"Officers go to work to help the public and do not expect to be punched, racially abused, bitten or assaulted in any manner when on duty.
"No one should consider this an acceptable part of the job. When it does occur we will seek to bring offenders to face justice, and I hope this will make others think before abusing our officers."