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NINE police officers assaulted in spate of incidents across Gloucestershire

Police in Gloucestershire endured a tough weekend with reports of assaults to nine officers in four separate incidents over the course of Friday night.

Incidents in Stonehouse, Tuffley, Quedgeley and Cirencester and left three officers needing hospital treatment.;

Three of the arrests were made in Stonehouse in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A 22-year-old man from Stroud, a 19-year-old woman from Stonehouse and a 46-year-old man from Stonehouse were arrested after an incident in Park Road after 2.35am.

All three have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Four officers were injured, including one who suffered a broken finger.

A 22-year-old man from Stonehouse was also arrested but has been released with no further police action.

Two separate incidents in Gloucester saw a 14-year-old girl arrested on Grange Road in Tuffley and a 19-year-old woman arrested on Station Road.

The 14-year-old has been released under investigation, while the 19-year-old has been given a conditional caution.

The final incident saw a 19-year-old man from Cirencester charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker following an incident in Peckham Walk on Saturday morning.

Joshua Rayalo, of Middle Mead, Cirencester was due to appear Cheltenham Magistrates' Court today, Monday 5 August, to answer the charges.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Cooper said: "It is totally unacceptable that our officers should be assaulted whilst trying to keep people safe.

"We will not tolerate this behaviour and I'm sure our local communities would join me in condemning it.

"The welfare of our officers is of supreme importance and we are making sure that they are receiving appropriate medical attention as well as support from the Force.

"Most of them will be able to return to duty for their next shift but not all and this, naturally, impacts on their teams and our ability to provide a service to the public.

"I am very grateful to those officers who will work extra hours to fill the gaps and ensure that we can carry on keeping our communities safe.

"I would also like to thank those officers who have been assaulted for their exemplary commitment to the job and I wish them a full and speedy recovery."

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