Van Driver appear In Court After attacking Police Officer With Machete

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and the attempted murder of a police officer

PC Stuart Outten, 29, suffered wounds to his head and hands when he was set upon after stopping a van in Leyton, East London, shortly after midnight on Thursday.

He was injured as he defended himself and a female officer after stopping the van suspected of being driven without insurance before managing to use his Taser to incapacitate the attacker.

His attacker launched a sudden and brutal attack with a machete and his condition is said to be serious but stable. First aid was administered at the roadside by fellow officers and paramedics before being taken to hospital where he underwent surgery.

The officer, from Grays in Essex, joined the force 10 years ago and has been based at Waltham Forest in the north east of the capital.

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, appeared in court on Friday morning and has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and the attempted murder of a police officer

Mr Rodwan, from Luton, appeared in handcuffs at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and British nationality before he was remanded in custody. He will appear at the Old Bailey.