The father of a man killed in a hit-and-run during August's riots in Birmingham has been charged with assault for his part in an alleged road rage incident.

Tariq Jahan, who famously called for calm after his 21-year-old son Haroon was killed in riots that swept the country in August, is accused of breaking a man's jaw and knocking out two teeth in July.

Jahan was widely praised in the British press for his measured reaction to the death of his son, who was hit by a car as he tried to protect homes and businesses under attack from looters.

The Daily Mirror called Jahan – pictured here after a prayer service for Haroon – a "truly courageous British hero" and the Guardian newspaper said he was "the patriotic voice of a first-generation Muslim migrant".

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He even picked up a 'Special Recognition' accolade from the Pride of Britain Awards this week, organised in association with the Daily Mirror,, ITV1, Daybreak and the Prince's Trust.

Jahan posed for pictures with an array of stars at the event, including Amir Khan and Carol Vorderman.

Two days after his son's death, Jahan made a speech to his community in which he pleaded for the violence to stop.

He said: "I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home."

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman confirmed that Jahan had been charged. He said: "He has been charged with GBH without intent and will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Monday."