Three Northumbria Police officers have been left with broken noses and facial injuries after an attack in South Shields.
A 35 year old man has been charged with multiple counts of assault after the incident on Station Road on Thursday evening.
Two officers were left with broken noses and another has sustained injuries to the face. Police say all three have now been discharged from South Tyneside District General Hospital and are being supported by the force.
Rory Kirkup, 35, of Dale Street, has been charged and will appear in South Tyneside Magistrates on Monday, June 26.
Superintendent Paul Milner said:
"Police deal with challenging and often dangerous situations on a daily basis. While thankfully an assault of this level is rare, assaults on police officers and other public services can never be justified.
"This was a serious incident and one that was distressing for a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time. Our thanks goes out to members of the public who assisted our officers with first aid. We would also like to apologise to the witnesses for what they saw and reassure them that this was an isolated incident.