A London Police officer was attacked with a machete today Thursday, 8 August after stopping a driver in a van in Leyton.
The driver, Muhammaed Rodwan, 56 of Villiers Close, LU4 was at about 00:01hr stopped by a uniformed officer in a marked police car.
He was stopped in Coopers Lane at the junction with Leyton High Road, E10.
The driver refused to stop and was followed immediately by police on ‘blues and twos’ and stopped a short while later since it was being driven without insurance.
The officers got out to speak with the driver when he attacked the uniformed police constable with a machete.
The officer whose name was not given but age 28, was stabbed a number of times but managed to use his taser to subdue the suspect.
Muhammad was immediately arrested by a female police constable.
The uniformed officer was rushed to the hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
He is reported to have stab injuries on his chest and other parts of his body.
He is in a stable condition and his injuries are not life-threatening, according to a police report.
Meanwhile, the driver was taken to east London police station where he was later charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon on the evening of Thursday.
Reacting, Detective from the Northeast Command Unit, Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said “This was a frenzied and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out his duties. What began as a routine vehicle stop transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.
“Thankfully, the officer was carrying a Taser and managed to use it. This stopped the suspect from inflicting any further injury and allowed the other officer to detain him. I honestly believe that using that Taser may have saved his life.
“I would like to commend his bravery, resilience and determination. Despite being repeatedly stabbed, his first thought was to protect his colleague and members of the public.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the members of the public who did not just stand there and watch but also stepped in to help.
“Our thoughts are with the officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. Officers come to work every day to protect the public from harm, for an officer to be met with such violence in such a frenzied way is despicable.
“This case highlights the very real risks with which police officers are confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.
“There is body-worn footage of this incident and we are aware there were a number of people who witnessed the attack and may have taken footage. If you have not already come forward we urge you to do so, to assist us with our enquires.”