The police officer was attacked in West Byfleet Park outside southwest London at 7.40pm on Thursday night. He has been taken to hospital with minor injuries, Surrey Police said. The policeman, working alone, was called to the park to reports a group were flouting social distancing rules, in place to fight coronavirus.
The attack took place as the officer spoke to the men.
The officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries to his wrist and head.
Surrey Police said three people, including one adult and two youths, were arrested and taken in to custody.
A force spokesman said it was aware of a video of the attack circulating online.
They said: “At 7:40pm, while attending a call concerning groups of young adults suspected of breaching the Covid-19 guidelines, a single-crewed officer was attacked by a group of young men as he engaged with them.
“Our officer has been taken to hospital with minor injuries to his wrist and head, and three individuals (one adult and two juveniles) were located and arrested a short time later and taken to custody.
“A further update will be made in the morning – but in the meantime we do ask that you refrain from sharing the video wider.”
Under Boris Johnson’s new lockdown guidance, people are allowed to exercise as much as they want and can sit and sunbathe outside.
People are allowed to this alone, with one person from their household or with one person outside their household as long as they keep two metres apart.
Witnesses are urged to call 101 quoting PR/ 45200052505.
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Published at Fri, 22 May 2020 07:41:00 +0000