Alleged assault on police officer in Weymouth

Detectives in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a police officer was assaulted while dealing with a reported fight in the town centre – with four people being arrested.

The incident, in which a male officer was allegedly headbutted while trying to break up an alleged altercation involving five people, occurred at around 7.10am on Sunday 15 September 2013 along St. Mary Street.

A man was arrested immediately, and the injured officer, was taken to Dorchester Hospital for treatment.

Three more people were arrested a short time later for their suspected involvement in the initial fight.

Sergeant Steve Westhead, of Weymouth police, said: “I am appealing for anyone with information about these two incidents to contact us urgently.

“I am extremely keen to speak with anyone who may have seen this incident take place, has details of the circumstances leading up to it, or may know those involved.

“As part of our ongoing enquiries I would also like to speak to a man and a woman who were stood outside a nearby taxi office moments after the incident took place.

“Witnesses to the incident should call Dorset Police on 101 as soon as possible. All calls will be treated in strictest confidence.”

A 23-year-old Weymouth man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and has been released on bail until early October 2013.

Two men and a woman, all aged in their twenties and from the Weymouth area, have been arrested on suspicion of affray and released on bail until early October 2013.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 15:132. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 16 September 2013

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