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Police officer ‘punched in the face’ after shop theft incident in Notts

An officer is alleged to have been punched in the face while trying to detain a boy in connection with a report of shop theft.

The officer entered the Tesco Extra in Swiney Way in Toton at around 7pm on Thursday 3 June when he was made aware that there had been a shop theft in the store.

After conducting enquiries, the officer identified a boy believed to be linked to the investigation and moved to make an arrest.

An altercation followed and a boy is alleged to have struck the officer on the face. A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and theft in connection with both incidents.

Following a search, police found a lockpicking set and several razor blades. The boy was then arrested on suspicion of going in equipped for theft and possession of a bladed article.

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Detective Chief inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Emergency worker assaults are incredibly serious and we will always investigate such incidents thoroughly.

“Police work hard every day to keep the public safety, it is totally unacceptable that someone would assault an officer when they put themselves at risk for the safety of others.

“We are working hard to establish the circumstances of this incident and I would urge anyone who has information on what happened to come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could aid detectives in their investigation should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 780 of 3 June 2021.

The boy has been released on bail pending further enquiries.


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