Tuesday 27 February 2024
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Smoke grenade thrown at police officer in Sneinton

A police officer was injured when a smoke grenade was thrown at her feet with a flame going up her leg.

The incident happened as officers arrived in Nelson Street in Sneinton to reports of a disturbance at 11.30pm last night.

As officers arrived, a man threw a lit smoke grenade towards them hitting one officer on the foot. A flame ran up the officer’s leg causing pain and discomfort.

The device then came to rest under a police car causing it to fill with smoke.

A 46-year-old suspect ran away but officers managed to quickly catch up with him. He was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and possessing an offensive weapon.

A search found he was also in possession of two Ninja throwing stars.

There has been a noted increase in assaults on emergency workers over recent months.

Yesterday (Saturday 7 August) it was reported two more police officers had been injured in two separate incidents while working to keep residents safe.

One suffered an injury to his thumb after being dragged to the ground in a struggle by a man who was being arrested on suspicion of dealing crack and heroin. The incident happened in Mill Street, Old Basford, at 6.45pm on Friday night.

Another suffered a cut to his head, which had to be glued, when a suspect allegedly lashed out after officers challenged him for urinating on someone’s garden fence in Nottingham Road, Gotham, on the same evening.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said this latest incident was just as shocking as the others.

He said: “To throw a lit smoke grenade at a police officer was both irresponsible and dangerous.

“It is utterly appalling that officers are being subjected to abuse and violence as they carry out their work on the front line.

“These people work tirelessly to serve and protect the public and are carrying out vital duties to investigate crimes, treat people for health concerns and keep our communities safe from harm.

“We have repeatedly stressed that this is not just part of the job and any assault on emergency workers – physical or verbal – will be treated as a crime and dealt with accordingly.”