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Force and federation condemn 'despicable and sustained' attack. Attack scene: Screengrab from a Crimewatch Basildon video Date - 7th May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments Police have condemned a “despicable” attack on officers threatened with a hammer and hospitalised after being doused in petrol. Six people remain in custody in connection with the incident that saw two Essex officers treated for the effects of petrol being thrown over their heads and in their faces. Two women, a boy and three men were arrested on Sunday in Canvey, Basildon, following a police response to an incident involving a stolen motorbike. Two officers were taken to hospital to have their eyes washed and three others were doused with water at the scene but the force said they did not anticipate any "long-term harm" for those affected. Officers were responding to reports that a motorcycle was being driven dangerously along footpaths, through underpasses and on roads in the area. Essex Police followed the bike with assistance from the police helicopter and the rider was later detained. Essex Police Federation chairman Steve Taylor said: "This was a despicable, sustained attack on our Essex Police colleagues dealing with criminals in our county. "Having been physically attacked whilst arresting two suspects, five brave police officers were also doused in petrol – two of whom were hospitalised as it was in their eyes and mouth. "Police officers do not come to work to be attacked – and we join right-minded members of the public in being appalled at this latest incident. "Thankfully our colleagues involved are recovering but this scary situation could have been so much worse. The force and federation will continue to support them. "More than 750 Essex officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year – we must ensure the full force of the law is used against those who think attacking police officers is acceptable." Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin added: "I am proud of the way my officers dealt with this incident, acting professionally and with dignity in the face of certain individuals who appeared intent on causing trouble. "To be assaulted while simply doing our jobs – helping to keep our county safe and dealing with criminal and violent behaviour – is completely unacceptable under any circumstance. "But, to have petrol thrown over their heads and in their eyes as my officers experienced, is a despicable act of violence which we will seek to prosecute to the full extent of the law." View on police Oracle
Techie1 posted a topic in UK Policing Newshttp://m.echo-news.co.uk/news/13839220.Bungling_burglar_calls_Basildon_police_for_help_after_being__impaled__by_security_shutters/ ouch! Also on BBC (but less detail): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-34495543