Heroic Police Officer Stuart Outten Released From Hospital After Machete Attack
PC Stuart Outten, the heroic police officer injured in a machete attack in east London, has been released from hospital.
The Metropolitan Police released an updated statement, in which it announced the 26-year-old officer had been discharged from hospital.
The press release also included a statement from PC Outten's family, which read: "We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from the public, Stuart's colleagues and the wider policing family.
"We are incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident. His injuries could have been fatal, and we are thankful that he is stable and recovering in hospital with his loved ones around him.
"Stuart joined the Met straight from school and loves being a police officer and protecting the public. Although there are risks associated with his job, we would never have expected something like this to happen.
"We are so grateful to the London Ambulance Service paramedics and hospital staff for their care and compassion."
The family went on to request that images that show PC Outten's injuries, or show him in hospital, not be shared online.
The statement continued: "We would kindly ask the media and the public not to publish these images at what is already an extremely distressing time for us as a family."
PC Outten was stabbed in the 'frenzied' attack after he tried to stop a van in east London on Thursday night. The brave officer was able to taser his attacker, but sustained injuries to his head and body.
Muhammad Rodwan, 56, was charged with the attempted murder of PC Stuart Outten, and made a brief appearance in court yesterday (Friday 9 August) where he spoke only to confirm his name, age, British nationality and that he currently he had no fixed address.
A @JustGiving page has been set up for our heroic colleague PC Stuart Outten from @MPSWForest following his horrific unprovoked attack earlier in the week. Thank you to all those who have sent best wishes so far! #joblikenoother https://t.co/JXepdOME1i pic.twitter.com/4koYGlpeZI
- Hackney Police (@MPSHackney) August 10, 2019
District Crown Prosecutor Varinder Hayre said: "It was an unexpected, unprovoked, repeated brutal attack with a machete on a police officer who was simply conducting a police officer's duty."
No application for bail was made during the 10-minute hearing, and Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner remanded the defendant in custody until 6 September.
A JustGiving page has been set up for PC Outten, which can donate to here.
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