A 21-year-old man and two teenagers have been arrested after police were called to a fight in Stowmarket last night with one of the officers suffering a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw.
It came after two men were reported to be fighting in Newton Road at about 8:30pm but In the process of attempting to arrest the males, one of them assaulted both officers.
A female officer sustained a fractured eye socket, a broken jaw and swelling, while the second officer, a male, sustained a cut to his face with both requiring hospital treatment.
In the process of the assault on the officers, one suspect fled the scene, while a second male, aged 16, was arrested. He was arrested on suspicion of assault and was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning where he remains.
Overnight at about 3am, following further police enquiries a male, aged 18, was arrested in Stowmarket on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and he was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning where he remains. A 21-year-old was also arrested in the town on suspicion of public affray and remains in custody at Bury St Edmunds PIC.
The incident is being linked to earlier activity where two females, both aged 17, who were approached by a male unknown to them who was aggressive and threatening towards one of them. He then produced a machete and struck one of the females on the leg and who was then punched by the male.
Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson said: “Our enquiries into the incident are on-going and I would emphasise there have been three swift arrests made overnight. Residents in the area may well have seen and heard police activity in the area at the time as we attempted to locate the suspects involved which we appreciate must have caused concern. Consequently, we have and will continue to conduct reassurance patrols in the area during today.
“The two officers injured are now out of hospital and resting. We deplore any type of assault on police officers or members of staff. Part of their role is to support, work with and protect the public. They are just doing their job and serving their community and to experience such physical aggression is never acceptable.”
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour prior to the incident should contact Bury St Edmunds CID, quoting crime reference: 37/30604/20
Email – Glenn.TOMS@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
Phone – Call 101.
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