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Off Duty Police Officer Assaulted As She Tries to Assist Victim

Published on: 20 Apr, 2021
Updated on: 22 Apr, 2021

A man and an off duty police officer were assaulted by a woman in Cranleigh on Friday (16 April).

The initial assault took place outside Cranleigh Cricket Club at around 6pm, when the suspect approached the male victim, who was unknown to her, and punched him in the face. An off duty police officer witnessed the assault and intervened to offer assistance to the victim.

The officer left the cricket club to check on the welfare of the suspect. But the suspect, who had walked to the grounds behind the Richard Onslow pub, proceeded to assault the officer by scratching and biting, as well as spitting at her.

The officer was treated in hospital for her injuries.

A 51-year-old woman from Cranleigh was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault by causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, assault by beating of an emergency worker and racially aggravated public order. She has been released under investigation.

A police spokesperson said: “If you witnessed either of the assaults, or have any information which could help including CCTV footage, please contact us quoting PR/45210039111 via:

•             Webchat on our website surrey.police.uk

•             Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

•             Calling us on 101

“If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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