CCTV appeal following assault on police officer in Poole

Officers investigating an assault on a police officer in Poole are issuing CCTV images of the suspect.

At around 11.45pm on Friday 17 May 2019 officers were alerted by town centre CCTV operators to suspected drug-related activity involving two men in the High Street.

Officers attended and were informed that the men had gone down an alleyway and into a car park in Lagland Street.

One of the men made off back toward the High Street and was pursued by one officer. Another officer remained at the scene to detain the second man.

Initially the man was calm and compliant but when the officer began applying her handcuffs he became aggressive and began swinging his arms. He assaulted the officer and made off in the direction of Pitwines Close with the handcuffs still attached to his left wrist.

The officer sustained an injury to her wrist but carried out a search of the area before seeking medical assistance from the custody nurse.

The men were not located. The man who assaulted the officer is described as white and was wearing a black jacket with a Nike logo on it and black jeans.

Police Constable Matt Batter, of Poole police, said: “We do not tolerate assaults on officers who are just doing their job and are carrying out an investigation to identify the man responsible.

“We have obtained CCTV images of the suspect and I would urge anyone who recognises him to please contact us.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190074633. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.