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Man charged following officer assault

23 Jun 2017 13:30 PM

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A 35 year old man has been charged with multiple counts of assault after three Northumbria Police officers were attacked in an incident in South Shields yesterday.

At 11.09 officers reported an assault by a man on Station Road, South Shields. Two officers were left with broken noses and another has sustained injuries to the face.

All three have now been discharged from South Tyneside District General Hospital and are being supported by the force.

Superintendent Paul Milner said: "Police deal with challenging and often dangerous situations on a daily basis.  While thankfully an assault of this level is rare, assaults on police officers and other public services can never be justified.

"This was a serious incident and one that was distressing for a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time. Our thanks goes out to members of the public who assisted our officers with first aid. We would also like to apologise to the witnesses for what they saw and reassure them that this was an isolated incident.

"Police work is all about making communities safer and protecting the public and when our officers are assaulted in this way, it shows complete disregard for our core purpose.

"We will now look to the court to deal with effectively with the alleged offender."

Rory Kirkup, 35, of Dale Street,  has been charged and will appear in South Tyneside Magistrates on Monday, June 26.