Off-duty policeman hospitalised by 15 youths as he tried to stop assault

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An off-duty police officer was hospitalised after being brutally attacked by youths as he tried to prevent an assault near his home on Saturday.

The unnamed 46-year-old Police Constable rushed outside after being alerted by a member of his family and identified himself as an officer to the dozen or so youths in a street in Bolton.

After they began attacking him a white BMW pulled up, from which a woman got out and started hitting him with a tennis racket.

They fled on foot as back-up arrived, although five people have since been arrested in connection to the incident and released under investigation.

They include two boys aged 16 and a 40-year-old woman held on suspicion of assault and another 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Another police officer was assaulted while making one of the arrests. A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

The off-duty policeman was taken to hospital and treated for injuries to his face and ribs as well as a broken arm.

Chief Inspector Stephanie Parker, of Greater Mancester Police’s Bolton division, said: ‘This is a shocking incident where an officer has been viciously attacked after identifying himself as a police officer whilst trying to help another person.

‘This is disgusting behaviour and will absolutely not be tolerated. Our officers are committed to protecting the public and keeping our streets safe and absolutely do not deserve to be treated in this way.

‘We are treating this incident seriously and our investigation is still very much ongoing. We are committed to ensuring that those responsible face the justice they deserve.

‘If anyone has any information at all that could assist officers in their enquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with police.’