Police dog handler suspended for kicking 15-year-old in the throat wins appeal

A police dog handler who was fined and suspended for kicking a 15-year-old boy in the throat has won an appeal against his conviction.

The 44-year-old was found guilty last month of attacking a teenager and setting his German Shepherd police dog on him in a Sainsbury's car park as he tried to stop and search him. The officer had his conviction overturned during a hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Pc Peel was fined over the incident on Wandsworth Road in south London, on July 17 last year. The victim, who cannot be named, told the court he struggled to breathe after the Metropolitan Police Service officer kicked him twice before calling him a "thieving ****".