A police officer has been left with a suspected fractured jaw after responding to an incident in St Pauls in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset police say the officer was hit in the face multiple times by an unarmed man who was later arrested. The officer was taken to hospital and may need surgery in the next few days.

A 30-year-old man was detained by several officers and arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.

On Friday (29 May) police responded to reports of disorder involving a number of people in Winkworth Place and Argyle Road.

When officers arrived they found a man with a head injury which police believe was caused after being struck by a weapon. It is not yet known what this was but officers found a baseball bat at the scene.

The man was taken to hospital. His injuries are not though to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Chief Inspector Paul Wigginton said, “One of our officers present at the scene suffered a nasty injury and received several blows to the face, requiring emergency treatment. We’d like to reassure the public that we have increased the number of officers on patrol in that area of Bristol as a result of what happened."

Officers say they're in the early stages of their investigation and are reviewing CCTV. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.