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Police officer seriously injured after responding to Plymouth school bus attack

The damaged school bus. Credit: BPM Media

A police officer was “seriously injured” after responding to an attack on a school bus in Plymouth.

The female officer was attacked after she and a colleague attended the scene outside Widewell Primary School in Estover on Friday (June 21) morning.

It followed reports a man had thrown a concrete block through the window of a bus carrying school children.

The concrete slab was thrown through the window of the bus. Credit: BPM Media

Upon arrival, a man attempted to strangle and punch the officer.

She suffered a serious facial injury and was subsequently taken to Derriford Hospital, where she underwent CT scans and medical treatment.

Following the attack, a 54-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of assault, GBH and criminal damage.

I would like to reassure parents and the community that there appears to be no apparent link to the school or obvious motive for the damage to the bus at this time.

Thank you to Widewell Primary School for their assistance in managing the school children this morning and Tor Bridge High for their help. Also thanks to members of the public in the vicinity who stopped to check on the welfare of the officers.

I have to pay testament to the exceptional bravery of both officers who acquitted themselves fantastically this morning by putting themselves in harm’s way to apprehend the suspect and protect the public. I am immensely proud of what they have achieved this morning.

Sadly this is another case of how police officers are regularly being confronted with violence while they are trying to do their jobs.

– Plymouth response inspector Rob Byers