First picture of 'machete attacker' who 'stabbed hero cop' in shocking London knifing

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Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has been charged with the attempted murder of brave cop Stuart Outten, 28, and possession of an offensive weapon.

The van driver formerly of Luton, Beds, failed to stop for police, who suspected he had no insurance.

When he did stop in Leyton, east London, just after midnight on Thursday morning, he is accused of launching an attack on Met Police officer PC Outten with a machete.

He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday and is due to appear at the Old Bailey next month.

Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner remanded Rodwan in custody until September 6.

Leyton attacker pictured

SUSPECT: Muhammad Rodwan, right, is accused of stabbing PC Stuart Outten, left (Pic: SWNS/FACEBOOK)

“Yet again, a Metropolitan Police officer has suffered a severe injury on duty”

Ken Marsh, chairman, Met Police Federation

During the shocking Leyton attack, a blood-covered Outten was able to Taser and arrest a suspect, despite bleeding heavily from several wounds.

Video showed the hard-as-nails cop calling an ambulance on his handset despite having massive head wounds from the vicious foot-long blade.

He was treated at the scene by colleagues and paramedics, before being rushed to an east London hospital.

Outten’s family said they were overwhelmed by the response from the public after the attack.

In a statement released through police, they said: “We are incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident.

“His injuries could have been fatal and we are thankful that he is stable and recovering in hospital with his loved ones around him.

“Stuart joined the Met straight from school and loves being a police officer and protecting the public.

“Although there are risks associated with his job, we would never have expected something like this to happen.”

The “sudden and brutal” attack on Outten has sparked outrage from politicians and police chiefs.

Met 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.”

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to give officers “the legal powers and support that they need” to tackle knife crime and other violent incidents.

There have been 84 homicides in the capital this year so far, compared to 135 for the whole of 2018.

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