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Police officer punched in the face at alleged drug dealer incident

A police officer was punched in her face while detaining a suspected drug dealer.
The injured officer was taking part in an operation to target drug dealing in the Layton Burroughs area of Mansfield yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 16 November 2022).

After witnessing a suspected drug deal taking place, the officer moved in to arrest a man.

A struggle ensued and she was punched to the side of her face, causing pain and swelling.

Colleagues quickly came to assist her.

A police community support officer was also punched to the face while dealing with the incident and another officer was pushed by a woman, suffering neck pain.

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The woman, who was allegedly shouting and swearing at officers, was also arrested and taken into custody.

A 19-year-old man was detained on suspicion of assault by beating of an emergency worker and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault of an emergency worker and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Inspector Paul Grant, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “All emergency service workers have the right to go about their duties without being assaulted.

“Together with our partners, we have repeatedly made it clear this sort of appalling behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“Being abused and assaulted is not just part of the job and any assault on police officers – physical or verbal – will be dealt with accordingly.”

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