Scotland Yard is facing an investigation after a BBC camera operator’s foot was run over by one of its cars carrying Jeremy Corbyn to a meeting to agree Labour’s general election manifesto.
Officers from the Metropolitan police’s royalty and specialist protection unit were driving the party leader to the meeting, which is the subject of intense media interest after a draft of the manifesto was leaked, when his vehicle was mobbed by journalists.
Mr Wooltorton had to be treated by paramedics and was subsequently taken away in an ambulance.
Mr Corbyn was driven to the meeting by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s royalty and specialist protection unit.
After the incident officers appeared on the scene to speak to journalists who witnessed what happened at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in central London.
A Met Police spokesman has now confirmed that the matter has been referred to the directorate of professional standards, which is responsible for the conduct of officers in the force.
The spokesman said: “At about 11:22hrs on Thursday 11 May officers from the Met’s royalty and specialist protection unit were carrying out operational work in Savoy Place WC2R when it is believed a member of public was injured by one of the vehicles.
“London Ambulance Service attended and took the injured man to a south London hospital with non life-threatening or life-changing injuries.
“As is routine, the MPS will refer the incident to the directorate of professional standards.”
Matt Spencer from 5 News took photographs and videos at the scene and wrote: “Jeremy Corbyn was in the car as the tyre ran over this man’s foot. He’s receiving medical treatment – Corbyn’s gone inside.”
The cameraman told paramedics how the vehicle transporting Mr Corbyn ran over his leg.
A cameraman has had his foot run over by Jeremy Corbyn's car as he arrived for Labour's Clause V meeting. pic.twitter.com/ATqAHwZhYb
— Laura Hughes (@Laura_K_Hughes) May 11, 2017
Mr Corbyn’s convoy was desperate to avoid the cameras and journalists gathered outside the Clause V meeting as he drove round the back.
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg tended to Mr Wooltorton immediately after the incident before an ambulance arrived and he was treated by paramedics.