VIDEO footage of a violent thug pushing a police officer down steps during a violent disturbance in London last month has been released by the Met.

Jamie Dewing can be seen shoving the officer, who now needs physiotherapy on her neck and back, during a demonstration in Parliament Square, London last month.

The 31-year-old from East Cleveland pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting an emergency service worker and one count of violent disorder at Teesside Magistrates' Court last week.

The video shows Dewing, of Valley View, Boosbeck, also throwing items including a metal barrier at officers and spitting at them on the same day.

He was one of thousands of people who descended on the capital on June 13 to take part in the demonstrations targeting the peaceful Black Lives Matter rally.

Following an appeal by the Metropolitan Police, Dewing was identified by a Cleveland Police officer.

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At around 1pm, Dewing squared up to officers who were attempting to control crowds near the Nelson Mandela statue, where he shoved the female officer.

Detective Constable Nicky Dixon, who is investigating the recent disorder, said: "Dewing initially denied that he was the man responsible for pushing one of our colleagues, claiming that it was someone else.

"However, he quickly changed his mind when he was in the dock, admitting both charges against him.

"Footage from nearby police shows the force he used to push the officer - his actions were completely reprehensible."

Six police officers suffered minor injuries as several hundred demonstrators, mostly white men, attended the protest organised by far-right groups which claimed that they wanted to protect statues such as Winston Churchill from vandalism.

Dewing will remain in custody until his sentencing at Southwark Crown Court at a later date.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “We are pleased that one of our officers was able to assist our colleagues at the Met Police with their investigation which has led to Jamie Dewing being brought to justice.

“Dewing’s conviction is a great example of how Forces can work together to identify and arrest suspects. It shows that no matter where you travel, officers will locate you and bring you to justice for any crimes you have committed.

“We hope that Dewing’s conviction provides some level of comfort to the officer who was injured by Dewing whilst carrying out her duties.”