British police officer 'sexually assaulted' during arrest

British police officer 'sexually assaulted' during arrest

A police officer in England has been sexually assaulted as she tried to arrest a man on suspicion of attempted rape.

She was one of two officers who came under attack in Sheffield city centre in the early hours of Friday morning.

South Yorkshire Police said they had responded to a report of an attempted rape on Scotland Street.

The suspect is said to have struck both officers with a wooden "for sale" sign, before sexually assaulting one of them as she tried to arrest him.

One of the officers was left with severe bruising, while both involved in the attack are said to be recovering at home.

A man is in police custody after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, sexual assault and criminal damage.

The female victim was treated for her injuries and is being supported by specially trained officers, while detectives are investigating the original incident.

Chief Inspector Lydia Lynskey said on Friday: "Our officers potentially face danger every time they respond to an incident, putting themselves in harm's way to serve and protect the communities of South Yorkshire.

"The officers who attended this morning were faced with a dangerous and violent situation, however they showed immense bravery in dealing with the incident.

"Our thoughts are with them and full welfare support has been put in place. We will always take a zero tolerance approach to assaults on our officers in the course of their duties."

More in this Section

Johnson insists voting Tory ‘only way’ to deliver Brexit despite Farage threatJohnson insists voting Tory ‘only way’ to deliver Brexit despite Farage threat

Two-million-year-old molar fossil links extinct giant ape to living orangutanTwo-million-year-old molar fossil links extinct giant ape to living orangutan

Phage therapy hope for alcoholic liver diseasePhage therapy hope for alcoholic liver disease

Jeremy Corbyn under fire for saying IS leader should have been put on trialJeremy Corbyn under fire for saying IS leader should have been put on trial


Lifestyle

Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

If children are confident in interacting with others it takes away so much stress and social anxiety for them. Not too long ago, my daughter Joan and I were out with friends at a restaurant and we wanted extra water and a few other bits and Joan volunteered to go up and ask the waiter for them. My friend was really surprised at this and said that none of her children would willingly do that.Mum’s the word: We should look for chances to strengthen our kids’ social skills

More From The Irish Examiner