A police officer was assaulted after being called to reports of a group fighting in Arnold town centre.
Five people have been arrested after police were called to break up the fight in Front Street just before 11.15pm on Saturday (December 4, 2021).
A man was reportedly knocked unconscious and was taken to hospital for treatment. However, he is believed to be recovering and his injuries aren’t thought to be life threatening or altering.
As they were making arrests, an officer was reportedly bitten and spat at, leading to a woman, aged 21 and a man, aged 28, being arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. They were also arrested on suspicion of affray.
The officer is not thought to have suffered any injuries and will be receiving support following the incident.
Three more men, aged 20, 34, 48, were also arrested on suspicion of affray.
Detective Sergeant Charlotte Henson said: “This behaviour that has been reported to us is unacceptable – it is not only disruptive to people around in the area but it can also have very serious consequences, in this case landing a man in hospital. Thankfully, he is recovering.
“It is also even more appalling to hear that, during their quick response in an attempt to help and calm down the situation, they were met with similar, violent behaviour. It is not part of the job as an officer to expect this and wherever this is reported we will take robust action.
“Officers are continuing their enquiries into this incident and we believe members of the public also tried to break up the fight. We’re keen to speak to these people and we would ask anyone who witnessed this or has any information to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 662 of 4 December 2021.”
Information can also be reported anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.