Pc admits punching club bouncer

Witney Gazette: Pc James Balneaves of the Metropolitan Police pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault, Scotland Yard said. Pc James Balneaves of the Metropolitan Police pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault, Scotland Yard said.

A police officer has admitted punching a nightclub doorman in the face and telling him to "go back to where he came from".

Pc James Balneaves, 29, with the Metropolitan Police, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday to racially aggravated common assault, Scotland Yard said.

Balneaves, a constable in Brent, was on a night out on October 19 when he attempted to enter the Opal Bar nightclub in Embankment, London.

The door staff refused to let the officer and a woman he was with enter as they felt they were too drunk.

The officer attempted to use his warrant card to demand to see the club's manager.

The doorman refused the request and asked that he move away from the club.

The officer then assaulted the doorman, punching him in the face and asking him to "go back to where he came from". The doorman received a cut to the face.

Officers were called and Balneaves, who is on restricted duties, was arrested. He was charged on November 26.

He is due to be sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 23.

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