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Police chief warns it is 'totally unacceptable' as nine Gloucestershire officers are assaulted overnight

Three of the officers involved required hospital treatment. Credit: ITV News West Country

A total of nine Gloucestershire police officers have been assaulted in four separate incidents over just 12 hours - three of them needing hospital treatment.

Injuries ranged from a broken finger to facial injuries and suspected concussion.

Credit: PA

The assaults all took place between Friday night (2 August) and Saturday morning (3 August).

The first involved a 14-year-old girl from Gloucester who, following an arrest on suspicion of public order offences, was further arrested for two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

Police allege the girl kicked one officer and hit the face of another with the custody van door. Neither officer was seriously injured.

On a second call out in the early hours of Saturday morning, police responding to reports of a disturbance in Park Road, Stonehouse had a small statue thrown at them - hitting one officer in the arm.

Another officer suffered a broken finger during attempts to make arrests. He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment.

Two other officers suffered non-serious injuries in the incident.

Police chiefs have stressed such behaviour is 'totally unacceptable'. Credit: ITV News West Country

At around 4am on Saturday morning, officers called to a disturbance in Peckham Walk, Cirencester suffered suspected concussion.

Both were taken to Great Western Hospital in Swindon, and a 19-year-old man from Cirencester has today (5 August) pleaded guilty to to assaulting PC Grant and PC Bellow.

PC Bellow said in court that in 11 years of front line duty it was the worst assault he had experienced.

Joshua Rayalo, of Cirencester, has been sentenced to 12 week suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay a total £150 compensation to the two officers.

I was just trying to carry out my duties and was trying to help the defendant. I did not expect such aggression and violence.

– PC Grant

The final incident shortly before 4:30am on Saturday morning in Gloucester led to an officer being hit in the head as he arrested a woman on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The number of the assaults in such a short amount of time has prompted police chiefs to issue a statement to the public.

It is totally unacceptable that our officers should be assaulted whilst trying to keep people safe. We will not tolerate this behaviour and I’m sure our local communities would join me in condemning it. The welfare of our officers is of supreme importance and we are making sure that they are receiving appropriate medical attention as well as support from the Force. Most of them will be able to return to duty for their next shift but not all and this, naturally, impacts on their teams and our ability to provide a service to the public.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Cooper

Mr Cooper added his thanks to officers working "extra hours to fill the gaps" left by officers on leave.