Police have condemned five attacks on officers in Newcastle over the weekend and say that such behaviour is " completely unacceptable".
"Policing has always been about making communities safer and protecting the public. Unfortunately officers can occasionally be assaulted while carrying out these duties.
"Thankfully serious attacks like those which took place over the weekend aren't common place, and a number of suspects were quickly arrested - however this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable.
"I have personally visited all the injured officers and they are all receiving the best medical treatment.
"Every officer undergoes a high level of self defence training and carries certain protective equipment but as a force we take any assaults on officers and staff extremely seriously and will take robust action against anyone responsible."
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The incident took place on Sunday October 4th close to Marton Road in the town.
71-year-old Robert Howard was in jail at HMP Frankland and was due to give evidence at a re-ordered inquest in Belfast.