York & North Yorkshire

Police officer breaks leg in Harrogate street fight

A policeman has suffered a broken leg while dealing with a street fight, North Yorkshire Police have said.

Officers were called to Cambridge Road, Harrogate, at about 03:20 BST on Saturday, following reports of a disturbance involving a group of men.

While arresting a number of people, the PC broke his leg and a second officer suffered an elbow injury.

A 20-year-old Harrogate man has been charged with affray, assault by beating and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court on 28 November.

Both officers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Insp Penny Taylor said it was "another example of the dangers faced by police officers on a daily basis".

"One officer has suffered a serious injury, which means that he will be away from front line duty for a considerable length of time," she said.

"Although the injury suffered by the second officer was not as severe, it will be some time before he makes a full recovery."

A 19-year-old woman from Knaresborough who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a constable in the course of their duty, has been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

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