A man in custody in connection with a knife offence has been arrested for assaulting an emergency worker after a Detention Officer was allegedly spat at.
Nottinghamshire Police was initially called to Burton Street in Nottingham city centre at around 12am on Sunday 20 September 2020 after a man was reported to have been spotted carrying a knife following an altercation in a bar.
Officers quickly located a 23-year-old man believed to be linked to the investigation and arrested him on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. A lock knife was also recovered at the scene of the incident.
It is then alleged that the same man urinated in the back of a police van while travelling to Bridewell custody suite.
When in custody, the man is then alleged to have spat at a Nottinghamshire Police Detention Officer’s face and then wrapped his arm around the officer’s neck, restricting his breathing.
The man was safely detained and the officer is now being supported by Nottinghamshire Police. He was subsequently be arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.
Inspector Mark Stanley, of Nottinghamshire Police’s City Prisoner Handling Team, said: “Nottinghamshire Police officers and staff are there to serve the public and often put themselves at risk in order to fulfil that service.
“Spitting at someone is despicable and to do so while in the middle of a global pandemic is particularly abhorrent but sadly, we have seen a number of incidents of this type.
“We will thoroughly investigate any incident where an emergency worker is alleged to have been assaulted.”