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PC accused of boy window attack

A police officer has been accused of grabbing a teenage boy and pushing him through a kitchen shop window.

Pc Marcus Ballard, 29, will appear before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 28 to face two counts of common assault.

The officer is accused of using "unreasonable force" by grabbing the boy and pushing him backwards through the plate glass window.

He is a member of the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group (TSG), which has been beset by scandal and calls for it to be reformed.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) spokesman said Ballard was summonsed after a decision by prosecutors.

The incident took place when a van of TSG officers were called in to support colleagues dealing with rowdy youths on a bus in Bromley High Street.

The 16-year-old boy was pushed through the window of Magnet Kitchens as young people milled around them and the vehicle.

The teenager was not seriously injured but was arrested for assaulting police shortly before midnight on February 27. No charges were brought.

The IPCC launched an inquiry after colleagues reported concerns to anti-corruption officers during the aftermath of the incident.

Ballard is based with the Met's TSG unit in Larkhall Lane, Clapham, south-west London. A force spokesman said he is on restricted duties.

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