Female Police Officer Suffers Head Injuries After Merton Park Attack

Second suspect now charged after assaults following routine traffic check


A female police officer suffered head injuries after being assaulted when she was involved in a routine check of a vehicle in Merton Park on Saturday evening (November 17).

A male colleague from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command also suffered cuts and an emergency services worker was also assaulted in the incident.

One man is being hunted after the incident in Kingswood Road, off Kingston Road, at 7.55pm on Saturday.

The two PCs had stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic stop, but the three occupants of the vehicle ran off. The officers managed to detain a 20-year-old man before the other two suspects returned and the officers were assaulted.

The first man detained was arrested and subsequently charged with assault causing ABH and assault on an emergency services worker. He is further charged with driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence.

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He has been named as Martin Payne of Brighton Road, South Croydon. He appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday (November 19) pleaded not guilty and will face trial at Kingston Crown Court at a later date.

The second suspect Kursan Euell, 20, of Penerley Road, Catford, was charged with two counts of ABH on Wednesday, 21 November. He is due to appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court this Thursday (November 22).

The two officers were taken to a west London hospital. The female officer sustained head injuries and the male officer suffered a fractured rib and cuts. They have both been discharged.

Detectives from the South West Command Unit are investigating, and are hunting for the third suspect named 'C'. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Merton via 101 quoting reference CAD 6952/17Nov.

November 22, 2018