Violent moped rider pulls chunks of hair from woman police officer's head

By Barrie Hudson - 27 October 2020


A man is in custody after a police officer was assaulted in Swindon last night - 26 October.

At about 8.45pm, officers tried to arrest the rider of a moped on Great Western Way but he became aggressive - and later refused to provide a roadside breath specimen.

Insp Rachel Hardy said: “This was a nasty incident – when officers attempted to arrest the man he was aggressive and continued to hit out at them, pulling chunks of hair from the head of a female officer, leaving her in considerable pain. 

"This kind of violence towards our officers who are simply trying to do their job will not be tolerated.

“We understand a bus driver pulled up at the side of the road while officers were detaining the man and assisted them in doing so – we are extremely grateful to him for his selfless actions.”

The man – a local 20-year-old – was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a class B drug and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. 

He was taken to custody at Gablecross, where he remains for questioning. 

Enquiries continue.

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