Police officer bitten, punched and kicked in the head after a 'violent assault' at Leigh Park Lidl

A POLICE officer was bitten, punched and kicked in the head following a ‘violent assault’ at a supermarket in Leigh Park.

Sunday, 5th September 2021, 9:36 am
Updated Sunday, 5th September 2021, 3:48 pm

Police were called to Lidl in Park Parade at 4pm yesterday after reports of a security guard being assaulted.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said that a man alleged to have committed the assault was stopped in the Greywell Precinct.

He added: ‘While trying to detain the man, one officer is alleged to have been bitten on the leg, piercing the skin, and a second officer kicked and punched. It is alleged three further officers were kicked and spat on.’

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A statement from Havant police earlier said: ‘On police arrival an officer was bitten, punched and kicked in the head whilst trying to manage the situation. Additional police units attended to help detain the male which resulted in further assaults against police. Thank you to the public who recorded the incident start to finish; your recordings are very helpful - If you are a witness to this incident and saw it in full and might be able to assist further.’

A 41-year-old man from Havant has been arrested on suspicion of assault, assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon, and has been taken to hospital to receive treatment to an injury on his nose.

The spokesman added: ‘This was a dynamic situation, with officers seeking to manage the safety of the public, themselves and their colleagues, and the man they were looking to detain.

‘A review has been carried out of the body worn camera footage from each of the officers.

‘If any member of the public is concerned about an incident, they can contact our Professional Standards Department to raise these concerns.’

Witnesses have been asked to contact Havant police on 101 or online quoting reference 44210354299.

He has been taken to hospital to receive treatment for an injury to his nose.

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