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Appeal after off-duty officers assaulted

News   •   Jan 21, 2020 05:00 GMT

Police are appealing for information after two off-duty officers were assaulted when they tried to prevent a fight.

At around 19:10hrs on 20 December 2019, the officers were in The Maple Leaf pub on Maiden Lane, WC2 when a fight broke out between two groups of men.

The officers, who were nearby, attempted to break up the fight, and as they were doing so, were punched by three men.

Both suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. One officer was found to have a dislocated shoulder and the other a broken eye socket. 

The three suspects quickly fled the scene.

Detectives are now releasing CCTV footage of three men they wish to speak to in relation to the attack.

Detective Constable Karl Lewis, from Central West CID, said: “These officers were enjoying an evening out when they witnessed a fight which they tried to prevent becoming more serious.

“In doing so, they themselves were set upon and injured, leaving them with significant injuries. 

“We are urging anyone who knows the men in this CCTV footage to come forward and speak to us on 101 with CAD reference 6988/20Dec19 or to stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”