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Serving police officer in Forest Gate jailed for GBH

PC Charlie Harrison was sentenced yesterday to two years and three months in prison (credit: Met Police)

A serving Met police officer has been jailed for grievous bodily harm after fracturing an innocent man’s knee in Forest Gate.

PC Charlie Harrison, 39, was sentenced yesterday to two years and three months in prison for an incident that happened on Monday, 31 December 2018.

The officer stopped a man, aged in his 40s, who was walking with his two sons along Serbert Road.

He was on duty and in plain clothes, with the apparent intention of conducting a police stop.

PC Harrison then used his foot to strike the man’s legs, causing him to fall to the ground. 

This resulted in the man suffering a fractured knee.

The man was treated in hospital for his injuries.

He reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as a public complaint in January 2019.

An investigation was launched by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards and PC Harrison was charged with GBH in August 2019.

PC Charlie Harrison, attached to the Violent Crime Task Force, was convicted by majority verdict on Friday, 26 March after a five-day trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Commander Paul Betts, Professionalism, said: “This matter was subject to a thorough investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and PC Harrison charged and later convicted by a jury.

“His actions were found to have fallen well below the standard we expect of our police officers, with a man left badly injured. This type of behaviour has no place in our police service and undermines the confidence of the communities we are here to protect.

“Following PC Harrison’s conviction, he will now be subject to disciplinary proceedings.”

PC Harrison is suspended from duty.

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