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Wanstead police officer faces trial over ‘caught on camera’ attack charges

PUBLISHED: 14:44 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2017

Wanstead Pc Joshua Savage leaves Westminster Magistrates Court after allegedly being caught on camera attacking a suspect's car. Picture: Ryan Hooper/PA

Wanstead Pc Joshua Savage leaves Westminster Magistrates Court after allegedly being caught on camera attacking a suspect's car. Picture: Ryan Hooper/PA

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A Wanstead police officer allegedly caught on camera attacking a suspect’s car will face a crown court trial.

Pc Joshua Savage, who is on restricted duties with the Met following the incident, indicated a not guilty plea to four charges when he appeared before magistrates in Westminster today.

Pc Savage, of Hermon Hill, Wanstead, is charged with common assault, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage to a windscreen and threatening behaviour.

Footage, which was widely circulated online in the wake of the incident, appeared to show the officer smashing a car windscreen during a stop and search – before sawing it with a blade.

The video, filmed by the driver on September 16 last year, allegedly shows Pc Savage launching the confrontation in Vicars Road in Camden, north-west London.

He is due to attend Southwark Crown Court on May 18.

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