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Police officer kicked and hit in face during incident in Friar Lane Nottingham

A suspect has appeared in court after an officer was assaulted in Nottingham city centre.

Police were called to Friar Lane at around 8.25am on Thursday (30 June), following reports of a disturbance.

After attending the scene and asking the people involved to leave, officers were reportedly verbally abused in the street.

A police officer was then hit in the face and also kicked in the leg, causing minor injuries.

Lee Hobster, 45, was arrested at the scene and later charged with assaulting an emergency worker and use of threatening behaviour.

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Hobster, of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday (1 July), where he was released on bail.

He is next due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 13 July 2022.

Inspector Paul Gummer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is extremely important that people understand that police officers, paramedics and many other types of public sector workers are there to help and don’t deserve to be assaulted.

“Those staff should not just expect to be punched, kicked, spat at, or verbally assaulted while trying to carry out their roles.

“This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will always be strongly condemned and never tolerated by Nottinghamshire Police.”

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