Police officer hurt during struggle with suspect

Rear view of two police officers walking
Police officers on patrol in Southend [Essex Police]

A policeman suffered a serious ankle injury during a struggle with a suspect, police said.

The officer was hurt after responding to a report of a theft from a shop in Southend, Essex at about 15:30 BST on Saturday.

Police said the officer was receiving "treatment and support".

They said a 34-year-old man was in custody.

Essex Police said officers received reports that an individual had left a High Street shop without paying for goods.

Security staff and a member of the public had also allegedly been assaulted, the force said.

"During an ensuing struggle, an officer sustained a serious injury to his ankle," police said.

"He is receiving treatment.

"A 34-year-old man, of no fixed address, remains in custody for questioning on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker."

Chief Inspector Jo Collins added: "My officers frequently place themselves in harm’s way to effectively protect the public and catch suspects.

“This officer is receiving treatment and support, but I would reinforce the message that no emergency service worker deserves to suffer injury while going about their duty.

“Any such incidents will be investigated to the fullest extent.”

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