Seven people were arrested after a police officer was taken to hospital with serious injuries following violent disorder in Middlesbrough.
Cleveland Police were called to the Cass House Road and Earls Court Road area of Hemlington at around 2:40am on Sunday 26 November after reports of a fire.
Violent disorder broke out and police officers were hit with bricks and bottles, police said.
Several officers were injured including one who was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries and a hand injury that will require surgery. A police vehicle was also damaged.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Three other men and two women were arrested in connection with the incident.
They have all been bailed as the investigation continues.
Increased police patrols are in place in the area while local MP Simon Clarke has condemned the disorder.
Chief Inspector Nigel Burnell, from the Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We will continue to have a high visibility presence in Hemlington over the coming days as we reassure our communities that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated.“Not only have some residents been left fearful as a result of what happened, but we also have an officer who suffered a serious hand injury requiring surgery and facial injuries.
“Seven people have been arrested and bailed whilst and our enquiries are continuing.”
Anyone with any information is urged to speak to officers on duty, report it via 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
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