Police officer seriously injured in Harrogate disorder incident

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Harrogate police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following violence in the town which left two police officers needing medical treatment.

It occurred on Cambridge Road at around 3.20am on Saturday 9 November 2013, when a fight involving a group of men was reported to the police.

As police officers arrested a number of those involved, a constable suffered a broken leg which required surgery at Harrogate District Hospital. The officer currently remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A second officer suffered an elbow injury. He was also treated at Harrogate hospital before being released.

PoliceA 20-year-old man from Harrogate, who was arrested at the scene has now been charged with affray, assault by beating and inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. He is due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 28 November 2013.

A Knaresborough woman aged 19, who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a constable in the course of their duty, has been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.

Inspector Penny Taylor, of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

This is another example of the dangers faced by police officers on a daily basis. One officer has suffered a serious injury which means that he will be away from front line duty for a considerable length of time. Although the injury suffered by the second officer was not as severe, it will be some time before he makes a full recovery.

If you witnessed the disorder or can help to identify anyone involved, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.

 

Mark Botham chair of North Yorkshire Police Federation said:

We deplore any attack on our members. Sadly as we have highlighted in surveys of our members they face danger every day and we wish our colleagues a full and speedy recovery.

We will work with the officers and the force to aid their recovery, see what lessons can be learnt and to ensure the due process of the law is applied to all those involved in this disorder.

Anyone who can assist with this enquiry should contact Harrogate police on 101 as soon as possible, select option 2 and ask for Penny Taylor. Alternatively, information can be emailed to penny.taylor@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130194498.


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