Three police officers have been assaulted in Penhill, Swindon (16th April), after responding to reports that a pub was having a ‘lock-in’ despite the country being on a national lockdown.
Officers from Wiltshire police were called to the Deers Leap pub at approximately 23.25 hours after reports that there were several people inside breaching the COVID-19 restrictions.
When response team officers gained entry to the pub, a group of people were located inside who all claimed to live at the pub.
As officers continued to make enquiries, the pub-goers turned on the officers, assaulting three of them in the process.
A woman in her 50s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of assaulting a police officer.
Five Fixed Penalty Notices were also issued to people inside the pub who were failing to adhere to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Supt Phil Staynings said:
“This was completely unacceptable behaviour – three officers assaulted whilst going about their duties to ensure the public are keeping safe and adhering to the Government restrictions.
“Fortunately, none of them were seriously injured however, they did suffer some pain and discomfort as a result of the incident.
“It is really disappointing to hear that not only are people flouting the rules at this time of great uncertainty, but a complete disregard is being shown for our officers.”
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