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Andrew Beadie guilty of stabbing undercover officer near Bow pub

Andrew Beadie Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The Old Bailey heard Beadie thought the officer was a crack addict who was out to get him

A man has been found guilty of stabbing an undercover Met Police officer with a "Rambo knife" near an east London pub.

Andrew Beadie had just been released on licence when he used the 10 inch (25cm) blade in an alleyway near the Bow Bells pub in Bow on 22 November.

The court heard the stabbing happened moments after the 20 year old beat up another man because he bumped into him.

Beadie, of Claremont Road, Basildon, was found guilty of assaulting by beating and wounding with intent.

However, the Old Bailey jury cleared him of attempted murder.

Image copyright Sarah Collings
Image caption The officer was stabbed in an alleyway near the Bow Bells pub

The court heard unemployed Beadie thought the officer was a crack addict who was out to get him when he stabbed him three times in the stomach.

He already had a number of convictions, including battery and possession of a knife.

Det Ch Insp Gary Holmes said it was a "cowardly, unprovoked and sickening knife attack on a police officer" and it was "just sheer luck" the injuries were not life threatening.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said she was "really troubled by the randomness and the viciousness of this conduct".

"He is inevitably looking at quite a substantial custodial sentence," Judge Poulet said.

The judge remanded Beadie in custody and adjourned sentencing until 16 June for a pre-sentence report to look into whether he should be treated as a dangerous offender.

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