Surrey policeman assaulted during Shalford arrest attempt

A police officer suffered facial wounds as he attempted to arrest a man suspected of assaulting a member of staff at a Surrey pub.

The officer was kicked and punched at the Seahorse public house in Shalford on Sunday.

He and three other officers were called to the pub following reports of a disturbance involving about 30 diners.

The officer who was attacked was treated at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for serious cuts and bruises.

Surrey Police said a white man, aged between 35 and 40, 6ft (1.83m) tall, with a large build and short brown hair, fled the scene.

Det Con Jim Hilton said: "In attempting to arrest one of the suspects, one of our officers has been seriously assaulted. Thankfully he is making a good recovery but to have been attacked in this way while he was just trying to do his job is abhorrent and cannot be tolerated.

"An investigation is under way and we are already making good progress. We are determined to identify the suspects and ensure that they are brought to justice."

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