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Appeal to identify man following assault on police officer during protest

News   •   Sep 17, 2019 12:25 BST

Police have issued an image of a man they would like to identify

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man believed to have been involved in an assault on an officer during a protest in Westminster.

On Saturday, 24 August, supporters of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon staged a protest in central London. An associated counter-protest by groups including Stand up to Racism was held in the same location at the same time.

Shortly after 11:30hrs, a number of people attempted to physically breach a police cordon in Portland Place, W1.

As part of this, an officer was violently pushed by one or more people.

Police are now releasing an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Sergeant Chris Rudd, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our officers work hard to protect the rights of those who wish to protest and our main aim is to reduce the potential for violence, disorder and disruption to communities.

“Assaults on police officers – who are there to ensure the safety of those attending such protests – are entirely unacceptable and we will work tirelessly to investigate incidents of this nature.

“I appeal to anyone who has information on this individual to come forward in complete confidence.”
Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information about the violence which occurred as part of these protests should call 0208 246 9365.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 - they do not ask your name and cannot trace your call.

+A woman, aged in her 30s, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer in connection with this incident. She has been bailed to return on a date in late September.