A ‘coward’ who ran up and kicked a police officer in the back during violent protests in London, has been sentenced to 28 months behind bars.
Daniel Allan, 35, travelled to London from his home address in Ridley Terrace, Sunderland on 13th June to take part in a protest that was being held outside the houses of parliament.
At around 15:15 hours, Allan ran up behind a group of officers and unleashed a flying kick towards an officer who was at the back of the police serial (scroll down for video).
Allan struck the officer squarely in the back, knocking him to the ground and causing severe bruising to his back.
After striking the officer, Allan runs off into the crowd, thinking that he had gotten away with his cowardly act.
However, a City of London police officer recognised Allan owing to his distinctive clothing and arrested him.
Ironically, during his interview, he told officers that part of the reason he had travelled to London was to ‘protect officers’.
DI Neil Gunn, leading one of the investigations into recent disorder, said:
“This was an unprovoked and cowardly attack against one of our officers which we completely condemn. We welcome this sentence, and I hope this brings comfort to the officer who was kicked – I know he’ll share my disgust in Allan’s actions.
“Allan was truly caught red-handed, his assault was not only shared widely on social media, it was also witnessed by a team of officers gathering video evidence. Thanks to the very distinctive colour of his shorts, he was arrested a short while later by City of London Police.
“Our investigations to trace those responsible for other acts of violence during demonstrations continue. As part of this we have released a number of images of people we want to speak with in connection.
“I would urge anyone with information on who they are to get in touch.”
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