Police denounce violent assaults on Scarborough officers

Police appeal
Police appeal

Scarborough police are condemning assaults against officers as they appeal for witnesses following a number of incidents of disorder in the town.

The incidents occurred at around 3.30am on Sunday, in St Thomas Street, outside Boleyns’ nightclub, and near to the Opera House Casino, when a group of men assaulted the police officers as they arrested those involved in the disorder.

Officers were kicked, punched and head-butted. A number of the suspects also spat at the police.

None of them were seriously injured.

The officers were assisted by door staff from Boleyns during the disorder.

Two men from Scarborough, aged 18 and 20 were arrested on suspicion of assaulting both male and female police officers.

Four more Scarborough men, aged between 19 and 24, were also arrested in connection with the incident.

Inspector Andy Short, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The violence against the officers carrying out their duty to maintain law and order on the streets of Scarborough is wholly unacceptable and something we will absolutely not tolerate.

There will be a zero tolerance approach to anyone committing violent crime anywhere in the district, drunkenness is not an excuse to assault members of the public, door staff or police officers”

“Those who commit such assaults can expect to dealt with robustly and face the consequences of their actions, they face being banned from Licensed premises in the town and also being dealt with at court”

“Thankfully, none of the officers suffered serious injury.”

Inspector Short added: “I would like to thank the door staff from the nightclub, who stepped in to assist officers arrest those involved. CCTV footage of the incidents is also being used as part of the evidence against the offenders”

“I am also appealing to everyone else who was in the area at the time to come forward and contact the police, as they will have information that can assist with this investigation.”

Anyone who can assist with this enquiry is urged to contact Scarborough police on 101, select option 2 and ask for James Hardie. Alternatively, information can be emailed to James.Hardie@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130182110.