Four arrested including boy, 13, after 'sickening' attack on police officers in Hackney
11 June 2020, 08:30 | Updated: 11 June 2020, 20:35
Four people, including a 13 year old boy, have now been arrested after police officers were attacked in a "sickening, shocking and disgraceful" incident in east London.
Hackney Police confirmed on Twitter that four arrests have now been made.
One of these was a thirteen year old boy, who was arrested on Wednesday. A 34-year-old man was arrested the next day.
Two suspects, aged 20 and 38, had already been arrested on suspicion of assaulting police. They are currently in custody.
Footage of the incident shared on social media on Wednesday showed an officer grappling with a man as they fell to the ground on Frampton Park Road in Hackney.
#UPDATE | Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett @MPSHackney— Hackney Police (gov.uk/coronavirus) (@MPSHackney) June 11, 2020
Two of my officers were attacked yesterday. Four arrests have now been made.
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The man has his arm wrapped around the neck of the officer, who is pinned to the floor.
Another officer tries to intervene, but several people filming the incident on their mobile phones are seen shoving her away.
One of the people is also seen dancing and taking a selfie in front of the scene.
Both officers, who sustained minor injuries, had initially stopped to help after they were flagged down by a member of the public who said they have been assaulted - before pointing toward the suspects.
After announcing that four arrests had now been made, Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett said: “Two of my officers were horrifically attacked having tried to undertake a very lawful and necessary arrest on the street.
“They were subjected to violence which has been seen by thousands of people and is completely unacceptable.
“Fortunately both of the officers are well – cuts and bruises and are obviously shocked, as are all their colleagues and I.
“And I just want to say that we’ve done an amazing job - four arrests we’ve made and an investigation ongoing.
“Attacking police officers in London and anywhere else is completely unacceptable and can never be right in society’s eyes and it must stop.”
In a tweet, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the incident was a "sickening, shocking and disgraceful attack" as the footage went viral on social media.
She added: "My thoughts are with the outstanding @metpoliceuk officers who were subject to this disgusting violent attack."
Superintendent Martin Rolston said the incident was '"truly shocking" and served as a reminder of the dangers officers can face.
He said: "My officers went to the assistance of a member of the public - who asked for their help - after stating that they had been assaulted. What happened next is a reminder of the risks our officers take whilst going about their duties.
"It is fortunate that their injuries are not more serious. There is no place for this level of violence on our streets."
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also condemned the "disgraceful attack," and said a "debt of gratitude" was owed to the two officers who had been set upon as they tried to help a member of the public.
He added: "Attacks on our police will not be tolerated. I urge anyone with information to come forward to ensure the perpetrators of this disgusting attack feel the full force of the law."