BRITAIN’S hardest cop who was repeatedly slashed with a machete has revealed today he will be back on the beat next month.
PC Stuart Outten, 29, said he will be returning to front line duty bearing scars from an attack in east London, on August 8.
PC Outten has served with the Met Police for around 10 years[/caption]
PC Outten was struck in the head and left hand with a foot-long blade during a routine traffic stop to check for insurance.
Despite bleeding heavily, he managed to Taser the suspect.
In an interview with the Evening Standard today, the officer said: “I wouldn’t consider myself as brave.
“I dealt with the incident.
“If it escalates, I go with it … I’ve been looking after Londoners for the past 10 years and I’m going back out there doing it all again, hopefully not the same way this one happened.”
On the night of the incident PC Outten had texted his girlfriend jokingly “I’m off to cause some trouble”.
PC Outten’s police officer girlfriend was called to the scene not knowing her partner was the victim.
He ended up spending 36 hours in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Surgeons managed to re-attach severed tendons his his thumb – which was almost chopped off.
The brave cop is still going through physio and rehabilitation on his hand and he has only just been able to make a closed fist.
I wouldn’t consider myself as brave.
Muhammad Rodwan, 56, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday 6 charged with attempted murder and possession of a machete.
In a statement released by police, PC Outten’s family said they were “incredibly proud” of the hard-as-nails cop.
They said: “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.”
They added: “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.”
Police said the suspect had been pulled over in his van on Coopers Lane shortly after midnight, suspected of driving without insurance.
During a two-minute conversation, the man had allegedly become “aggressive” and tried to get back into his van to drive away.
Det Ch Sup Richard Tucker told a press conference the suspect then pulled out a blade and attacked the officer.
TAKEN DOWN WITH TASER
Despite suffering serious multiple head wounds PC Outten was still able to hit back by zapping the attacker with his 50,000-volt Taser.
Exclusive footage obtained by The Sun Online shows the blood-soaked policeman shouting for horrified witnesses to hand him his radio as he collapses to the ground.
The suspect can be seen lying next to him when the cop then radios for help.
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PC Outten tells a colleague: “I need an ambulance now. I’ve been stabbed with a machete.”
A female officer swoops to pin down the suspect – appearing to pull a huge blade from him.
Witnesses can be heard screaming in fear as the cop crouches on all fours.
PC Outten’s family said they were “incredibly proud” of the hard-as-nails cop[/caption]
PC Outten suffered four slash wounds to the head[/caption]
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