A police officer who was attacked with a machete has been named, as the man accused of trying to kill him appeared in court.
Muhammad Rodwan, 56, is charged with the attempted murder of PC Stuart Outten, 28, and possession of an offensive weapon following the incident in Leyton, east London, just after midnight on Thursday.
The patrol officer was attacked after he tried to stop a van suspected of having no insurance.
He managed to Taser his attacker despite being slashed in the head and hand in an incident which lasted just seconds.
PC Outten, who has around a decade of police experience, was treated by colleagues and paramedics in Leyton High Road before being taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
He was treated for a wound to the side of his head, requiring stitches, and needs an operation to a hand injury he suffered while trying to fend off the attack.
Rodwan, from Luton, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London on Friday morning, wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit.
He was brought into the dock wearing handcuffs before speaking to confirm his name, date of birth, that he has no address, and that his nationality is British.