An off-duty special constable has been seriously injured during a ferocious attack while he was enjoying a drink with some friends.
SC Luke Martin (Staffordshire Police) suffered significant injuries as a result of the attack, including serious facial injuries and a fractured skull, which has caused him to suffer from seizures.
It is understood by Emergency Services News, that one of Luke’s attackers had armed himself with a pool cue and a broken glass.
A source told Emergency Services News that Luke’s attacker overheard Luke talking to his friends about being in Staffordshire Police.
The incident occurred on Friday evening (31st January) in The Crown Pub, Chasetown.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said:
“Police were called just after midnight this morning (Friday 31st January) to reports that a man had received severe facial injuries at the pub on High Street.
“The 31-year-old man was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by ambulance.
“Three men were arrested on suspicion of assault grievous bodily harm – a 55-year-old from Burntwood who remains in custody, a 20-year-old from Birmingham who has been released on bail pending further enquiries and a 35-year-old man from Burntwood who has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
“A 46-year-old man, from Burntwood, arrested on suspicion of affray, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”
Chief Inspector Mark Smith, commander of the Lichfield policing area, said:
“I can confirm that we are investigating a serious assault that occurred last night involving our colleague and friend Luke, who is being supported.
“Our thoughts are with Luke and his family.”
A source within Staffordshire Police who knows Luke told Emergency Services News:
“Luke is a top bloke and loves policing Lichfield City Centre as a volunteer.”
Staffordshire Police confirmed this morning (3rd February) that Detectives have charged a 55-year-old man following the incident.
A spokesperson for the force confirmed:
“Brian Patrick Harmon, of Lawnswood Avenue, Burntwood, has been charged with wound/inflict grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
“He has appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre [Saturday 1st February] and has been bailed until his next court appearance.
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