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7 July 2013, 06:26
A police officer's been knocked unconscious while trying to make an arrest in South Shields.
Officers were called to Stoddart Street on Friday, July 5th after reports of an on-going disturbance from a member of the public.
At 9.30pm officers attended the scene and arrested a man for being drunk and disorderly.
A 26 year old woman in the company of the detainee became violent and assaulted the attending officer.
The officer received injuries to her head and face and lost conscious. She was taken to hospital and has since been released.
The woman, Angela Walmsley of Wyresdale, Preston, Lancashire, has been charged with assault of a constable in execution of duty.
Supt Steve Howes said:
"Our officers are here to protect the public and ensure they are kept safe. This officer has received injuries in the line of duty and is recovering at home after receiving hospital treatment.
This violent behaviour is totally unacceptable. It is paramount to the force that we do all we can to protect our officers and I want to strongly reassure the victim, our officers and the public that we will be taking robust action anyone responsible.
I do ask that anyone who may have witness this incident to come forward and help police with the investigation."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.