An Avon & Somerset Police Officer had his cheekbone fractured in three places after responding to reports of disorder in Winkworth Place and Argyle Road, St Pauls over the weekend.
Police responded to an incident on Friday 29th May at around 19:40 hours after members of the public dialled 999 to request urgent police assistance at the location.
When police arrived, a male was found to have suffered a head injury after being struck over the head with a weapon. Officers later recovered a baseball bat from the scene.
As officers tried to quell the disorder, a 999 response team officer was struck in the face several times by a male, causing his cheekbone to fracture in three places.
The officer was taken to hospital and has since been discharged so that he can continue his recovery from home.
It is understood that the officer will require some form of reconstructive surgery following the savage and brutal attack.
A 30-year-old man was subsequently detained by several officers and arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.
An 18-year-old male was also arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the disorder.
Both men have been released on conditional bail.
Chief Inspector Paul Wigginton said:
“We were called on Friday evening following a number of 999 calls about a public disturbance in the St Paul’s area of Bristol.
“On arrival officers found a large number of people in the streets and a man who had suffered a head injury. He received treatment at the scene but was taken to hospital by paramedics.
“One of our officers present at the scene suffered a nasty injury and received several blows to the face, requiring emergency treatment.
“Our investigation into what happened is still in its early stages and CCTV enquiries are being undertaken. We’d be grateful for anyone with information to come forward to help us build a full understanding of what occurred.
“We’d like to reassure the public that we have increased the number of officers on patrol in that area of Bristol as a result of what happened.
“We were yesterday in dialogue with our key partners, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, to make them aware of the events on Friday in St Pauls.
“We’ve agreed to keep them informed of significant developments in our ongoing criminal investigation and to share the full facts of this case as we look to work together to ensure the safety of the community.”
Andy Roebuck, the Avon & Somerset Police Federation Chairman, tweeted to say that over 24 hours, nine Avon & Somerset Police officer had been assaulted.
He added: “Such actions cannot and will not be tolerated”.
Anyone with information about what happened can report it on 101, giving crime reference number 5220116859.
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