Police officer denies racially abusing Beckton man

11:43 22 May 2012

A police officer has denied racially abusing a man after the summer riots.

Pc Alex MacFarlane elected jury trial as he appeared before magistrates this morning.

The bespectacled 52-year-old was granted bail to appear

at Southwark Crown Court on June 29.

Suited MacFarlane, wearing black glasses with tinted lenses, chose not to stand in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as he entered a not guilty plea to a racially-aggravated harassment offence.

He confirmed his date of birth and gave his address as Forest Gate police station.

The indictment detailed that he intended to cause “harassment, alarm or distress” to his victim and “used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”.

Alison Saunders, chief prosecutor for London, charged MacFarlane last month after a U-turn by prosecutors.

Mr Mauro Demetrio, 21, from Beckton, was held on suspicion of drug-driving but no action was taken.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
British Transport Police want to trace this man (Picture: BTP)

A 23-year-old woman was sexually harrassed and touched without consent while travelling home on the Central line - then the pervert followed her off the Tube.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Dom Hyams had his wheelchair stolen around 7.30am this morning in Stoke Newington (Picture: Dom Hyams)

A high profile disability blogger and multimedia producer has sent a desperate appeal on social media after callous thieves stole his wheelchair in Stoke Newington this morning.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The mysterious car found at the bottom of the Model Boating Pond in Hampstead Heath. Picture: Florence Bridge

The rotten shell of a vintage car was mysteriously found dumped at the bottom of a Hampstead Heath pond last night.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
One of the rooms in the grime dwelling (Pic credit: Brent Council)

We’ve all heard of beds in sheds but one off-licence owner in Kilburn decided to go underground to create an illegal home.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Enquiries continue.

Yesterday, London24 ran a video appeal to identify two people after two pensioners were robbed on their way home from banks in Croydon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Dilaver Bellikli

When a Hackney man attempted to stab his wife to death their ‘heroic’ daughter repeatedly ‘grabbed the knife blade’ trying to save her mother.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could be zooming around a track of your choice!

Are you a competitive adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Or looking for a fun family day out?

Read more
Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more