COP COULD FACE CHARGES OVER RAM­MING MOPED

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A PO­LICE­MAN who knocked a teenager off a moped while us­ing a new ram­ming tac­tic could face crim­i­nal charges.

The of­fi­cer car­ried out the so-called tac­ti­cal con­tact to stop a 17-year-old from rid­ing dan­ger­ously.

The boy, who was not wear­ing a hel­met, was taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous head in­juries but later dis­charged.

A file of ev­i­dence gath­ered by the po­lice watch­dog is to be passed to pros­e­cu­tors and Scot­land Yard.

If he is pros­e­cuted, the of­fi­cer could be charged with ac­tual bod­ily harm or griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The Met could also de­cide if there is a case to an­swer for mis­con­duct, which could re­sult in dis­missal.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct was launched af­ter the crash in Erith, south-east Lon­don, at 2.15am on Novem­ber 7 last year.

The boy later pleaded guilty to five of­fences at youth court, in­clud­ing theft, dan­ger­ous driv­ing, and driv­ing with­out a li­cence.

An spokesman said: “No po­lice tac­tic can be used with im­punity in a coun­try where we po­lice by con­sent – be that tac­ti­cal con­tact, the use of firearms or the use of re­straint.

“It is a mat­ter of whether it’s rea­son­able and pro­por­tion­ate in the cir­cum­stances.”

Se­nior of­fi­cers de­fended the use of tac­ti­cal con­tact, say­ing it was needed to stop dan­ger­ous chases and has helped re­duce moped crime in Lon­don by around a third.

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