Officer hospitalised following bottle attack outside Stockwell bar

Officer hospitalised following bottle attack outside Stockwell bar

A Metropolitan Police Officer has been left needing 22 stitches after he was attacked with a bottle outside a bar in London.

The male officer aged in his thirties has been taken to a south London hospital for treatment of a head injury. His condition is stable.

An MPF spokesman said: "We wish our injured colleague well."

Police in Lambeth were called to a bar in Clapham Road, SW9 at 00:48hrs on Sunday, 7 January following reports of an altercation between security door staff and a group of young men.

Officers attended and man aged 18 was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

A uniformed officer remained at the scene and was taking a statement when some members of the young men involved in the initial altercation with door staff returned.

The officer did his best to prevent any further altercation and attempted to detain one of the group. At this point he had a bottle thrown at his head causing serious injury.

The male officer aged in his thirties has been taken to a south London hospital for treatment of a head injury. His condition is stable.

Officers attended following the attack on the officer, and four males aged 17-18 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

One has been bailed in relation to the altercation the officer was dealing with; the remaining three arrested were released with no further action in relation to the public order offence involving the officer.

Enquiries continue.

Lambeth Chief Superintendent Richard Wood said: “This dedicated response officer has sustained 22 stitches to the head after being assaulted whilst performing his duties. He was attacked as he worked to detain a volatile suspect.

"His bravery and commitment in tackling this suspect is typical of the hundreds of response team officers in London who work 24/7 to catch criminals and put themselves in harms way to keep the public safe. I wish him a speedy recovery.

"We have made four arrests and enquiries continue to work to apprehend others suspected to be involved in this incident.”

Anyone who witnesses or has information about this attack is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 291/7 Jan or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.