'˜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.

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

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.'

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