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Three more arrests over weekend Girlington police attack

Three Bradford men aged 35, 25 and 29 were arrested overnight and remain in police custody on suspicion of two offences of assaulting police officers.

Police investigating an assault on two police officers in Bradford on Saturday have made more arrests.

Three Bradford men aged 35, 25 and 29 were arrested overnight and remain in police custody on suspicion of two offences of assaulting police officers.

The arrests were made after horrifying footage of a police officer being beaten and robbed during an attack by a group of men in Girlington emerged over the weekend.

Officers were called to St Leonard’s Road in BD8 to reports of a disturbance involving a large group of men.

Two officers were assaulted at the incident and required medical attention at the hospital.

The footage that circulated social media showed the members of the gang punch one of the officer’s in the face and lunge at him as he attempts to defend himself.

The officer is then pushed onto the grass and tries to retrieve his equipment. A man is heard shouting “little b****” as the officer lies on the ground.

A female officer soon comes to help her colleague as the group continues to surround the officer on the ground. She is seen trying to hold back one of the men whilst shouting “Get off him!”

A member of the gang is then seen filming themselves holding the officer’s radio and boasts about “violating the coppers”.

He is also heard saying: “We violate the coppers. We take their radios. You get me?”

A 36-year-old man has been charged and bailed with two offences of assaulting an emergency worker in connection with what took place and will appear in court later this month.

DCI Andrew Woodhead of Bradford District CID, said: “A number of enquiries remain ongoing regarding the affray incident on St Leonard’s Road and assaults on two police officers who attended.

“West Yorkshire Police treat assaults on blue light emergency workers extremely seriously and will always seek to bring prosecutions and put these cases before the courts wherever possible.

“We are aware that footage is circulating online showing this incident and I would remind residents that as criminal charges have been brought this is an active case under the Contempt of Court Act.

“Any footage showing what took place should not be shared due to the risk of prejudicing forthcoming court proceedings.”

Anyone who saw or has information about the affray, which took place at about 5.54pm on Saturday is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101 referencing crime number 13220120596.

Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Enquiries remain ongoing by Bradford CID.

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