Two South Yorkshire Police officers are recovering at home after they were assaulted while detaining a man in Sheffield in the early hours of this morning, Friday 27 April, leaving one of the officers with severe bruising.
The officers were responding to a report of an attempted rape on Scotland Street at 3:15am, where it is alleged the man struck the officers with a wooden sign board and sexually assaulted one of them as she attempted to arrest him.
Chief Inspector Lydia Lynskey said: “Our officers potentially face danger every time they respond to an incident, putting themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect the communities of South Yorkshire.
“The officers who attended this morning were faced with a dangerous and violent situation, however they showed immense bravery in dealing with the incident.
"Our thoughts are with them and full welfare support has been put in place. We will always take a zero tolerance approach to assaults on our officers in the course of their duties.”
The female victim was treated for injuries and is being supported by specially trained officers. Detectives are investigating the circumstances in regards to the initial incident reported. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident number 83 of 27 April.
The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, sexual assault and criminal damage and remains in police custody.
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