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Metropolitan Police officer and member of the public charged over assault in Essex

A serving Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer and a member of the public have been charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm (GBH).

The charges relate to an assault on a taxi driver who received medical treatment for a broken jaw and reported the incident to Essex Police. 

We launched an independent investigation following a mandatory referral from the MPS on 2 October 2018 of an allegation of assault causing grievous bodily harm in Essex on Monday, 28 May 2018 against PC Gareth Head and a member of the public Paul Roden-Flame.

Our investigation concluded on 10 July 2019 and we provided a report to the Crown Prosecution Service in October 2019. The CPS decided in February 2020 to charge PC Head and Mr Roden-Flame with racially aggravated GBH and an alternate charge of GBH.

Both men will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on 10 September.


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