Injured police officer makes good recovery
A POLICE officer has had to spend more than a month off-duty after he suffered serious facial injuries while arresting a suspect.
The 25-year-old officer, who has not been named, needed surgery lasting several hours after the incident in Staple Hill, which happened on a footpath off Acacia Road leading to the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
Avon and Somerset police say officers saw a "suspicious vehicle" outside a Staple Hill building supplies firm at 7pm on August 20. The car drove off and was spotted again short time later in Kensington Road, where the three occupants got out and ran off in different directions, one of them pursued by the officer who was hurt.
Speaking a month after the incident, a force spokesperson said the officer was "well on way to recovery", adding: "We hope he’ll be back on full duties soon."
Three men, aged 20, 33 and 37, were arrested suspicion of offences relating to supplying class A drugs and dangerous driving. They have been released while police investigations continue and have not yet been charged.
The police spokesperson confirmed that none of the men had been arrested on suspicion of assault.
A quantity of suspected class A drugs, cash and mobile phones were seized, along with the car.
Superintendent Pete Warren said the injured officer was "in good spirits despite the injuries he suffered," adding: "We’d like to wholeheartedly thank the public for all their support and kind words. It means a lot to the officer, his family and everyone here at Avon and Somerset Police.”