Clacton police officer slashed in face with garden shears

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The seriously injured officer required ongoing treatment following a large-scale disturbance in the Jackson Road and West Avenue area of Clacton, the force said

A police officer has been slashed in the face with gardening shears during a large-scale disturbance in Essex.

Police were called to Jackson Road in Clacton at about 21:10 BST on Tuesday.

The female officer was seriously hurt and remains in hospital and a colleague who also tried to intervene received a minor leg injury, Essex Police said.

A 23-year-old woman from Clacton and a man aged 21 were arrested and have been released under investigation. Police are appealing for witnesses.

The "disturbance between a group of adults and youngsters" began in Jackson Road and moved to the corner of West Avenue and Agate Road, the force said.

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