'˜We're not punch bags': Police officer left with broken ribs after overnight assaults in Portsmouth

A police officer was left with broken ribs while three others were also assaulted in Portsmouth last night.

Saturday, 25th August 2018, 1:30 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
Stock photo. Picture: PA

The Hampshire Response Cops Twitter account appealed for officers to be given more protection after a series of incidents in the city.

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Earlier it tweeted: '˜What a night!!! 4 of our officers assaulted in Portsmouth alone... one of them has broken ribs! We are not punch bags #ProtectTheProtectors.'

Last month it was revealed that nine police officers in Hampshire had been assaulted in one weekend, with police '˜kicked, spat at and bitten' during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Officers have been using the hashtag #ProtectTheProtectors to encourage people not to act violent against the police.