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Police officer attacked in Boscombe
2:42pm Thursday 17th January 2013 in News
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- A spokesperson for Dorset Police confirmed they were called to a report of a man causing a disturbance near Nationwide building society at around 2pm.
- On making an arrest, one officer was believed to have been injured.
- A cordon was up and included Bosc Vegas convenience store, Nationwide and Carphone Warehouse
Here's a bit more video footage of the forensics examination taking place earlier from our photographer Sally:
Here's that video footage of Inspector Chris Weeks speaking to us earlier on:
Insp Chris Weeks of Dorset Police told the Daily Echo on the scene: "Earlier this afternoon one of my officers attended the area to arrest an individual.
"Unfortunately there was an altercation during that arrest and the officer received a head injury.
"The officer has been taken to hospital, I'm pleased to say the injuries are not life threatening but very uncomfortable and painful for him.
"We have arrested two people, but we urge the public if they have witnessed anything to get in touch on the 101 number to help us with the investigation.
"I think it highlights the risks that we are exposed to on a daily basis.
"Let us be sure that these incidents are very few and far between, but to emphasise, they are exposed to these dangers.
"In Boscombe and Dorset violent assault is down tremendously and that's a key statistic to keep hold of."
We will have the full video of the interview up shortly.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said the incident took place about 2pm.
She said: “Officers were called to a report of a man causing a disturbance in Christchurch Road, Boscombe.
“While making an arrest, an altercation occurred and an officer sustained a head injury.
“He has been conveyed to hospital where he is currently being treated.
“A 42-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested for alleged assault.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Chairman of the Police Federation, Clive Chamberlain, has just given us this statement:
Reacting to the news that a Dorset Police Officer has been hospitalised after an incident in Boscombe, Clive Chamberlain, Chairman of Dorset Police Federation said:
“I am really sorry to learn that whilst attending an incident in Boscombe this afternoon, a colleague has sustained a serious injury and is currently being treated in hospital.
Our thoughts are with the officer, their family, friends and colleagues, especially those colleagues who were also at the scene.
This once again sadly highlights the dangers that police officers in our county and up and down the country face on a daily basis as they go about the work, putting themselves on the line to protect our communities
I understand that A 42-year-old man and 33-year-old woman have been arrested for alleged assault and are helping police with enquires.”
A police source has told the Echo the officer is "in a bad way"
We'll have video of that statement online shortly.
Inspector Chris Weeks, at the scene, has just told us that the police officer sustained head injuries and is being treated in hospital. Two people have been arrested. No weapons were involved.
Reporter Steve Smith who is still on the scene says one of the high vis vests on the floor appears to have Police Community Support Officer on the back of it. Also on the floor appears to be two police hats and a police belt.
Here's that video footage of forensics we mentioned earlier:
Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood said he was saddened to hear the news.
“Police in Bournemouth and all parts of Britain put themselves on the line every day to protect the public”, he said.
“This reminds everyone of the dangers police face on a daily basis when they put themselves in harm’s way.
“Obviously we do not know the details and it is for the police to conduct an investigation into this incident.
“The issues surrounding this incident, such as should the police be armed are not for now.
“Our thoughts go out to the officer and the constabulary who do an amazing job working with the community and with those individuals that decide not to follow the law of the land.”
Another picture of forensics on the scene from our photographer Sally. We'll have video online for you very shortly.
Forensics are now on the scene:
Boscombe West Councillor Chris Wakefield has just told us: "Our hearts go out to the officer's family. I'm very concerned this has happened in Boscombe and would urge anyone with information to contact the police."
The clarify; the cordon includes Bosc Vegas convenience store, Nationwide and Carphone Warehouse. Traffic cannot go past the scene towards Bournemouth but is flowing past in the opposite direction.
Another picture from Steve, this time of the crime scene photographer:
This update from reporter Steve Smith:
The scene has calmed down a bit now and there are less onlookers milling around. There are around nine police on the scene now and about half a dozen police cars. We're expecting forensics to arrive. Insp Chris Weeks is on the scene but says he won't be commenting at the moment.
This is the Safer Neighbourhood Teams number one priority in the Boscombe area. Dorset Police’s website says:
“ASB in the area outside of Macdonalds, Boscombe Precinct.
You are continually calling to raise issues re: unruly and Anti-Social Behaviour in this area, both drug and alcohol related. We will utilise all police powers including Section 30 and 27 Dispersal Powers and the use of Behavioural Contracts and ASB's. Continued static Police presence outside MacDonalds on Market Days, and high visibility Operations in the form of Op Town, an intelligence led, proactive operation focussed on Boscombe Precinct.”
Another nearby shopkeeper, Bartosz Mackiewicz, of Polish food store Fajny Skalep, said: "That's Boscombe; It's something that should be expected. I have been told that Boscombe is a safe area but obviously it isn't. It is worrying. There's a crime map that you can view and it is not safe."
Ilona Backlane, owner of clothing repair shop Airstitch, which is opposite the scene, said: "It is shocking that this has happened in the daytime and especially as it was a policeman.
"I am here some of the time on my own and it is worrying when I am here on my own. It looks like it is getting worse with things happening in the daytime."
Police are expected to be the scene for another two hours.
Yellow Buses have posted the following update on their Facebook page:
3pm - 1a 1b 1c due to a road closure in the Boscombe Crescent area, which we understand will be in place for at least the next couple of hours, these services are currently on diversion Ashley Rd > Holdenhurst Rd > St Swithuns Roundabout then returning to normal route
We are unable to serve the following stops Palmerston Road, Boscombe Crescent, Boscombe Gardens and Derby Road.
The road closure is not currently affecting services heading away from Bournemouth
We apologise for delays and inconvenience as we expect the area to get very busy as local traffic looks for alternative routes
Eyewitness David Lakey he said he saw a male and a female officer trying to arrest a man.
The man had the male officer in a headlock.
The female officer was trying to prise him off and then a female came running up, shoved the male officer to the ground and he was left with blood oozing from his head.
My Lakey said it was a disgusting thing to happen to somebody who was just trying to do his job.
A member of the public at the scene has just told us that he has seen a woman being put into the back of a police car.
Apparently she was not struggling and had her arms behind her back.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police confirmed they were called to a report of a man causing a disturbance at around 2pm.
On making an arrest, one officer was believed to have been injured. She didn’t know if it was a woman or man, but thought it was probably a police officer rather than a PCSO.
Old Christchurch Road is currently closed. That’s all the info they can give us at the moment.
Sarah Smith, owner of Rose Red Records in Boscombe’s Royal Arcade said her husband Richard heard a “huge bang” and then a scream near to BosVegas convenience store in Christchurch Road.
While he could not determine what the bang was, Sarah said armed police soon turned up along with about four cars.
The incident is believed to have taken place about half an hour ago.
Mr Smith said he thought it was a female scream.
Here's some video from the scene.
Steve has also sent us this photo of police at the scene
We're told the officer was trying to make an arrest when they were attacked.
A police jacket is on the floor outside Nationwide, which appears to have blood on it.
More Bus are diverting their M2 service
Due to an incident m2s to Poole are diverting from Boscombe Bus Stn via Ashley Rd & Holdenhurst Rd, resuming normal route at St Swithuns Rd.— @Morebusco 17 January 2013
A female worker at Bosc Vegas said they were currently closed and she wasn’t able to talk to us.
Yellow Buses have tweeted they are expecting delays on services 1a 1b 1c due to a road closure in the Boscombe Crescent area
RT @YellowBuses: #yellowsupdate 14:30 1a 1b 1c due to a road closure in the Boscombe Crescent area we are expecting delays to... http://t.co/alg9AzoC— @KatieDailyEcho 17 January 2013
A witness at the scene said he could count 11 officers in total. He said Carphone Warehouse was sealed off, with an officer guarding the door.
A PCSO is in the road diverting traffic and there were seven officers outside Bosc Vegas convenience store. Another group of officers is outside McDonalds.
A paramedic has apparently just left the scene but did not have its siren on.
Police have confirmed reports that a police officer has been attacked in Boscombe, near Nationwide building society. More to follow.