A West End Billy Elliot star is suing the Met Police for up to £50,000, claiming he had his leg stamped on by an officer in an unnecessary stop-and-search which left him unable to work.
Alex Loxton played the ballet dancing coal miner’s son at London‘s Victoria Palace Theatre, starred with Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren in Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’ and performed for the Queen at her 80th birthday party.
But he says his career has stalled due to an ankle injuries sustained in an aggressive stop-and-search by police in London in 2016.
Mr Loxton, 32, says the incident hurt him emotionally, as well as leaving him with lasting damage to his left ankle after it was stamped on by one of the police officers.
He is now suing Met boss Cressida Dick for up to £50,000 compensation over his leg injury and his ’embarrassment, inconvenience and injury to feelings.’
But the force denies assault, says the search was justified and disputes the injuries Mr Loxton claims he suffered.
Alex Loxton played the ballet dancing coal miner’s son Billy Elliot at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre
But he says his career has stalled due to an ankle injuries sustained in an aggressive stop-and-search by police in London in 2016
The dancer trained at the Royal Ballet School and, as well as playing Older Billy in the West End has appeared in TV and film roles, and played Peter Rabbit at the Queen’s 80th birthday garden party.
According to court filings, the incident happened after he went to Kennington Police Station to retrieve a stolen motorbike helmet in September 2016.
While there, he decided ‘on the off-chance’ to see if his stolen motor scooter was being kept in a gated area behind the building.
As he turned to leave, a car containing three police officers reversed towards him, says his solicitor Iain Gould.
When challenged, Mr Loxton explained that he had been looking for his stolen scooter, but was asked for ID due to his ‘strange and suspicious’ behaviour.
He says he told the officers he didn’t believe he had any identification on him and asked why he needed it, but was immediately threatened with being arrested.
An officer then got out of the car and confronted the dancer, ‘grabbing his left arm with both hands and trying to force it behind his back’, it is alleged.
Mr Gould claims the dancer ‘instinctively recoiled,’ after which the officer stamped on his left ankle while trying to wrestle him to the ground.