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Officer knocked unconscious while responding to an emergency call in Hackney

News   •   Aug 19, 2020 10:58 BST

A male police officer was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious during an arrest in Hackney.

Police were called shortly before 17.00hrs on Tuesday, 18 August following reports of a man causing a disturbance at a pub on Mare Street.

The man was reported to have been verbally abusive and throwing glasses.

While attempting to arrest the man, a male officer was assaulted and thrown against a wall causing him to lose consciousness momentarily after hitting his head.

The officer was taken to hospital for assessment and treatment to a cut to his head. His injuries are not life threatening.

Another officer used PAVA spray in order to detain the man prior to the arrival of more police units.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion on criminal damage and assaulting a police officer. He remains in police custody at this time.

Speaking about this incident, Marcus Barnett BCU Commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said:

“This is another shocking and disgraceful example of the dangers faced by officers who day in and day out do their utmost to keep Londoners safe.

“It is important to remember that police officers are ordinary people who come into work every day not knowing what they will face and they deserve our support. My thoughts are with my injured officer and his family.”