A 25-year-old man has been charged after two police officers were assaulted during a drugs search in a car.

Nanikutomisa Mpelenda of Huxley Road, Leyton was driving in Romford Road, Newham on Thursday (August 16) when he was stopped by police.

He has been charged with two counts of assault on police officers, possession of a firearm with criminal intent, obstructing a drugs search and driving while uninsured.

He will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court today (Saturday August 18).

A 23-year-old man has been released under investigation.