Scarborough police chiefs are appealing for two members of the public who assisted an officer to come forward so they can thank them.
At around 6.30pm on Tuesday, June 18, an officer attended the Royal Hotel in St Nicholas Street in connection with a reported burglary.
While he was there, one of the suspects in the burglary returned to the hotel.
The officer arrested the man in London Inn Yard, and as he was restraining him, the suspect began fighting with him, biting him on his hand, punching him in the face and trying to head-butt him.
A member of staff from the hotel came to assist along with two members of the public.
North Yorkshire Police wants to thank the members of the public who came to help the officer and have appealed for them to get in touch.
Sergeant Lucy McNeill of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We would like to pass on a personal thank you to the people who came to help our officer. They acted selflessly and put the officer before their own safety.
“They showed true public spirit and it is only right that we can pass on our thanks to them in the most appropriate way. I am convinced that the officer would have sustained more serious injuries if they had not intervened.”
If you recognise yourself as being one of the two people, please contact Sergeant Lucy McNeill on 101, select option 2 and for her by name.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The man was taken into police custody on suspicion of burglary and assaulting a police officer. He has been given conditional bail to allow for further enquiries.
The members of the public and the hotel worked were uninjured during the incident.
The officer was taken to hospital for treatment to the bite. He has since returned to duty.