A police officer was hopsitalised last night after being bitten by a suspect during an arrest in a Wiltshire city.
Following a 999 call, officers responded to reports of an assault on a male member of the public in Salisbury centre in broad daylight, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday.
On arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot. He was pursued by a police officer for less than half a mile – Queen Elizabeth Gardens – before he was stopped.
As he was being detained, an altercation between the pair broke out, and the male officer received a ‘deep’ bite wound to his arm which required urgent medical attention.
The 38-year-old local man was arrested for both assaults; on on suspicion of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) on the member of the public and Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) on the officer.
Both the member of the public and the police officer were treated at Salisbury District Hospital for their injuries.
DS Lawrence Billi said:
“We are appealing for witnesses to the altercation between a man and one of our officers who was assaulted and injured in Elizabeth Gardens while trying to make an arrest.
“This happened in broad daylight and there were a number of people in the park enjoying the warm, sunny evening, so someone would have seen the incident, perhaps even filmed it on their phone. If that was you, please come forward.”
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