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Police officers assaulted while arresting man in hotel

Two police officers were assaulted whilst arresting a man after a bag full of cannabis was found in a hotel room.

The bag was discovered by hotel staff who called police. Whilst officers were conducting searches a man entered the hotel’s reception and reportedly tried to leave the scene when he spotted officers.

In an attempt to detain a man, two officers were punched, kicked and thrown across the room. They both suffered head and leg injuries and needed hospital treatment.

A large quantity of cannabis was seized by police as well as an alleged stolen handbag, bank card and laptop from a woman who reported a theft on a train in Leicester earlier this month.

Police Constable Jeremy Beard of Nottinghamshire Police is leading the investigation. He said: “Officers were called to a hotel in Mansfield Road, Mapperley at around 3pm on Tuesday (25 May 2021).

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“Both officers bravely continued to detain a suspect despite suffering injuries. They used PAVA spray and needed further emergency assistance from officers to make the arrest.

“A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two police officers, theft and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

“Officers were taken to hospital with head injuries.

“This kind of violence against police officers simply doing their job is utterly unacceptable and will never be tolerated. Officers pull on their uniforms and head out on patrol every day with the same objective in mind – to protect the public from harm and return home in the same condition.

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“They simply do not deserve to be assaulted and abused during the course of their duties. In this instance both officers involved have since been discharged from hospital and their welfare is being fully supported, but it is certainly a timely reminder of the risks faced by officers every day.”

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