A Metropolitan Police officer has been found not guilty of beating a protester at a pro-Brexit “yellow vest” march.
PC Connor Pennery, 27, was accused of assaulting Terrence Dwyer, 53, on Jermyn Street in central London while arresting him on 16 February.
Mr Dwyer had just punched PC Pennery “with a tremendous force”, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Clearing PC Pennery, Judge Tan Ikram said Mr Dwyer “threw punches at police officers”.
The judge said he thought “events were not quite as Mr Dwyer described”.
Mr Dwyer, from Barnet, had alleged PC Pennery had “punched (him) in the face three times … then stood up and dropped on my face with his knee” as he was being restrained and arrested by the police officer and two colleagues.
But the court heard Mr Dwyer was being arrested after having twice punched PC Pennery.
Electrical cars EV ‘Rugby scrum’
Two other police officers at the scene, PC Andrew Hutson and PC Victor Choi, told the court they were also hit by Mr Dwyer.
PC Pennery told the court: “I felt a tremendous force to my mouth, in my view, with the intention of knocking me unconscious.”
Describing his mouth full of blood, he said he thought his two front teeth had been knocked out.
Bodycam footage showed blood dripping from his mouth on to Mr Dwyer’s head during the arrest.
Mr Dwyer said he was acting in self defence, under threat from a “rugby scrum” of officers.
PC Pennery admitted throwing a series of “jabs” at Mr Dwyer but said these were to restrain him.
In bodycam footage, he could also be heard swearing in reference to Mr Dwyer.
But he said: “I’m a human being. I was upset.”
Letting PC Pennery leave the dock, the judge said: “I bear in mind… the realities of the response required there and then.”
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Inverness CT boss John Robertson was one of six former players to be inducted into Scottish football’s hall of fame on Sunday night.
Robertson finished his playing career as Hearts’ all-time leading scorer with 214 goals.
Colin Stein and Tommy McLean, who won the European Cup Winners Cup with Rangers in 1972, also made it.
They were joined by Aberdeen striker Joe Harper, Celtic’s Patsy Gallacher and Dundee United’s Paul Sturrock.
Stein commanded the first six-figure player transfer between two Scottish clubs when Rangers paid Hibernian £100,000 for his services in 1968.
He scored one of Rangers’ three goals against Dynamo Moscow as they lifted the ECWC.
Team-mate McLean had spells at Kilmarnock, Rangers and Motherwell. He helped Killie win the Scottish First Division in 1965, before earning a further 10 domestic honours at Ibrox.
As manager, he led Motherwell to the 1991 Scottish Cup, defeating brother Jim’s Dundee United in the final.
Harper is best remembered for his two spells at Aberdeen between 1969 and 1972, and again in 1976-1981, where he became the club’s record goal scorer. He managed to win all three domestic trophies while at the Dons.
He also holds the unique accolade of scoring a hat-trick for Hibernian in the 1974 Scottish Cup final but still ending up on the losing side.
Nicknamed “The Mighty Atom”, Patsy Gallacher signed for Celtic in 1911 and stayed for 14 years, making 464 appearance and scoring 195 goals.
He won six league titles, four Scottish Cups and four Glasgow Cups. One of his most famous moments came during the 1925 Scottish Cup Final when he scored by somersaulting over the goal line with the ball between his feet.
Paul Sturrock spent his entire playing career with Dundee United, and in 385 appearances he scored 109 goals, winning the club’s only league title to date in 1983 and scoring in both League Cup final wins in 1979 and 1980.
A short delay could be seen as risking a no-deal Brexit by those who support remaining in the EU, while a long delay could be seen by Brexit supporters as attempting to prevent the UK from leaving.
As part of the extension, the EU is expected to say the UK has “an obligation to suggest a candidate” to represent it on the EU Commission.
Mr Johnson has previously said “under no circumstances” will he nominate anyone to take over from Julian King when the new commission takes office on 1 November, arguing that officials need to focus on the UK’s future outside the EU.
Electrical cars EV ‘Look at all options’
The decision from Brussels is set to come as the UK debates how to use any potential extension to break the Parliamentary deadlock.
The prime minister will put forward a motion calling for a 12 December election on Monday, which needs the support of two-thirds of MPs to succeed.
But the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party want to see a bill introduced that enshrines a 9 December election in law, as long as the Brexit deadline is extended to 31 January.
Conservative MP James Cleverly dismissed this plan as a “gimmick” and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the move a “stunt”.
But a Downing Street source said the government would “look at all options” if its own election motion failed.
Unlike the government plan, the Lib Dem-SNP bill would only require a simple majority to pass.
While Mercedes could congratulate themselves on gambling on a one-stop strategy with a long second stint to gain track position on Vettel and then hold off the German to the end, there will be questions over Ferrari’s decisions.
The Italian team twice gave up the lead, first with pole position winner Charles Leclerc, who was pitted out of first position after 15 laps to stick to a two-stop strategy decided before the race.
And Vettel took his strategy into his own hands to decide to do the same when Hamilton made his stop.
Ferrari had the chance to pit on the next lap and retain the lead, but Vettel suggested they “leave him to it”, a decision that meant they would stop later and try to come back at Hamilton at the end of the race on fresher tyres.
Vettel had tyres that were 14 laps fresher than Hamilton’s for the climax to the race, but the reigning champion was more than capable of holding the Ferrari back.
Even champions need reassuring
But the win was not without anxiety for Hamilton, who shortly after his pit stop questioned whether they had given him too long to make the tyres last.
He complained so much that Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles came on the radio, a rare event used only at critical moments, to reassure Hamilton: “You can do this.”
In the closing laps, as Vettel was urged on by Ferrari, Hamilton was able to hold his advantage at just over two seconds and take his 10th win in 18 races this season.
He leaves Mexico City, where he tied up the championship in both the last two seasons, with a 74-point lead over Bottas, the only man who can mathematically beat him.
He needs to leave Austin, Texas, next weekend with a lead of 52 points to become only the second man in history to win more than five F1 World titles.
The only way that can happen is if Bottas wins and Hamilton finishes lower than eighth, a highly unlikely scenario in normal circumstances, especially at a circuit where Hamilton has excelled since its debut on the calendar in 2012.
How did Ferrari get it wrong?
The divergent strategies meant that for the third race in a row Ferrari had turned first and second on the grid into a poorer race result.
A chaotic first lap took Red Bull’s Max Verstappen out of the picture, the Dutchman dropping to ninth place as he tangled with Hamilton, who had an oversteer moment as they disputed third behind the Ferraris at Turn Two.
On the run down to the first corner, Hamilton, who started fourth, had been challenging Vettel for second behind Leclerc, but was edged on to the grass by the Ferrari.
Ferrari had the one-two positions they would have wanted at the end of the first lap but somehow they still conspired to lose the race.
The first error was pitting Leclerc out of the lead on lap 15 when they did not need to.
That ruined Leclerc’s race and consigned him to a fourth place finish as the two Mercedes drivers and Vettel ran long and committed to one-stop strategies.
With Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas running one-two-three, the key then was whose one-stop would triumph and Vowles’ decision to pit Hamilton early in a successful attempt to get ahead of Vettel into the lead was critical.
When Hamilton stopped on lap 23, leaving him 48 laps to go to the flag, Vettel decided to surrender the lead and stay out, with Bottas doing the same behind him to cover their bases.
Despite Hamilton’s concerns, he was able to eke out his tyre life and take an excellent win.
Behind Leclerc, Red Bull’s Alexander Albon took fifth. He had run third in the opening laps behind the Ferraris but was the first to stop and lock himself in a two-stop strategy.
Verstappen recovered to finish sixth ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo on a terrible day for McLaren.
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris had started seventh and eighth, but Norris retired after a bungled pit stop in which he was sent away without his left front wheel attached, while Sainz faded to 13th, lacking pace.
Driver of the day
What happens next?
The US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. One of Hamilton’s favourite races, on a great track near a great city. Hamilton will surely clinch the title there – and he will be determined to do it in style, on a track where he has won five times in the last seven years.
What they said
Hamilton: “We came here thinking we were on the back foot but we pulled through, I had quite a bit of damage on the car so the race was quite a struggle but I kept my head down. It felt like a long second stint but I am so grateful today.
“I don’t mind (not clinching the title yet). I love racing and just take it one race at a time. This is a race I have wanted to win for some time and it has always been a bit tricky for us. everything held together and the team did the best strategy, holding off the Ferraris was not easy in the end.”
Vettel: “Surprisingly, the hard tyres worked really well. It was an intense race because there was no break.
“It was a good race but here and there with strategy we could have been a bit stronger.”
Bottas: “I enjoyed, considering yesterday. The start was quite tricky – I dropped a place. But I don’t think we could have done much more today.”